Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Baby Changed Everything

One month shy of five years ago, my life was forever altered by a bitsy baby girl. Exhausted, yet exhilarated, I clutched her tender body...pink and squirmy...and kissed the top of her forehead.

"You were so worth it," I panted.

That sweet baby girl changed everything.

More than 20 centuries ago, another baby changed everything...for His earthly parents, several shepherds and scholars, and some others the change was immediate. However, most of the world would not know the significance of the divine descendant of David until about 30 years after He was placed in a bed of hay.

He was the only baby who changed everything for everybody...and who still can change everything for all who believe.

For it was not the first robust cries of this precious baby born in Bethlehem that brought light to a dark world. Instead, it was His last cry...the enervated, convulsive wail of a dying man hanging from a blood-drenched cross on Calvary... that changed everything...and in the most beautiful way imaginable.

I wonder if, as He drew His final breath, Jesus murmured, "You were worth it." Because, had He not felt that, we would still be in the dark.

Instead, Jesus was born, sacrificed, and resurrected so that we too can one day live with Him in paradise. May this gift forever be your hope...your peace...your joy...and your love.

Hallelujah!

Merry Christmas,
Angela


“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2: 11-14 NIV






48 comments:

Emily said...

Wow. I'm getting chills. You're a very talented writer!

Kimberly said...

Oh, how that baby has changed everything in my life. Thank you for this post. He speaks through you powerfully. And this morning...I am undone.

Love to you, my sweet friend. And Merry Christmas.

Jenn said...

What an amazing post! You have a beautiful way with words!

Tracy said...

Oh Angela! What a beautiful and heartfelt reflection. Thank you. May you and your family sense the presence of our Saviour more than ever before this Christmas.

Blessings,
Tracy

Mrs. Sidney said...

Wow, I thought this was an amazing post.

Merry Christmas,
Ronel

~~Devita~~ said...

Merry Christmas!!! and Happy holiday!!

Nice writing too:D:D

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Beautiful and so right Angela! Even in the Christian community sometimes the Christmas focus is a bit askew - so much focus on baby Jesus.
The baby part of the story barely scratches the surface. LOVED this post!!

Kelly said...

This is me new favorite Christmas song.
Beautiful post! Merry Christmas!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

I'm so glad He thought we were worth it!!

Xandra

GrandCanyonMom said...

Awesome post. What a great parrallel because I'm certain He knew it was worth it.

Sheryl said...

Thank you so much, I just loved reading your post, I can tell it came straight from the heart.

Have a very Merry Christmas.

rachael said...

merry christmas!!!

Mocha with Linda said...

Oh this is beautiful. Love this post and this song.

Have a blessed Christmas!

Elizabeth said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Thank you so much for once again opening your beautiful heart and sharing such an amazing reflection with us. What a blessing to be worth it! :)

Tiffany Stuart said...

Merry Christmas, my blogging friend...

Mel said...

Merry Christmas and love the way you just wrote all of that.

Tammy said...

God,to have laid these thoughts on your heart and mine...He's amazing!

Merry Christmas,
Tammy

Irritable Mother said...

To think that He might have said, "You were worth it." Thank you for the gift of that thought, Angela. Thank you.

Merry Christmas to you!!!

Lisa Ann said...

Merry Christmas! Love this song.

Kari Dawson said...

Your post reminded me of the carol I heard this year Baby Changes Everything. It fast became my favorite, next to Oh Holy Night. The song certainly reminds us of the journey Mary endured and what he came to do for us. It also reminded me too of the birth of my first child, I was a teen just like Mary, and only had Jesus to carry me through.

Lori Anne said...

Angela, that was lovely. Thank you for sharing.

Julie said...

Beautiful word, dear friend!

Thank you for your sweet words on my blog....

Hugs,
Julie

Angie said...

This was a beautiful post! YES that BABY changed EVERYTHING! I am so thankful!!!

Candace Jean July 16 said...

I love that song! A baby changed everything for me 32 years ago, too. Not as much as THE baby, though :)

I have an entire pantry shelf full of tea, and you're welcome to join me any time!

littletoesandcheerios said...

Well said. That Baby sure changes everything! I love the song too. A lady sang it at our church on Weds. gave me goosebumps!

Joanne said...

Merry Christmas Friend...I am so happy that bloggyland brought us together!

TCKK said...

You are so right. Jesus changed everything. He is so awesome.

Thank you for visiting my blog and so now I've found your blog. I'll be back to check out more.

Cathy

Hannah said...

Beautiful! Just perfect. Thank you.

Jill said...

What a beautiful post!

I love the precious details that you shared in such a tangible way.

Thank you for taking the time to reach out to all who need to hear such sweet truths!

You are a special person!

Blessings to you and your family!

God bless - Jill

Sam said...

Hi,

That is indeed correct. Merry Christmas to you and your family. May God always bless you...


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He And Me + 3 said...

Beautiful post & I am so glad that that Baby was born to change EVERYTHING!

Susan said...

Beautiful. He HAS indeed changed EVERYTHING! Blessings to you and yours.

:-) Susan

Liz said...

Thanks for coming over and visiting my blog. I am so glad that you did! Your blog is such an inspiration!

Heather of the EO said...

I love what you've said here about imagining Jesus saying "you were worth it." So beautiful. Thank you.

Tracy said...

AMEN - hope to see ya soon.
Happy New Year

Laura said...

Amen and amen. Such beautiful thoughts for this beautiful season. I pray your holiday is blessed!

Wibeche og Rune said...

Hi, I am i new reder of your blog. You have a very nice blog:)And a beautiful post:)
And merry Christmas to you:)

Wibeche og Rune said...

Oh, my english is not so good:)

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Joops said...

Happy Holidays!

I am nowfollowing your blog...

Bernadine said...

Beautiful post! I'm so glad that He came and that He thought we were worth it.
Thanks for sharing.

Debra said...

Yes, this baby changed everything. I am eternally grateful. Blessings to you, sweet one.

michele said...

I saw you commented on Daphine's blog and had to check your blog out... it is wonderful!!

Jennifer said...

A wonderful post! Merry Christmas!

Jennifer said...

A wonderful post! Merry Christmas!

Chaotic Joy said...

This song was sung at our Christmas service and brought me to tears. A baby did change everything, just as you said. In my own temporal live and in my eternal one.

Amanda said...

This is beautiful Angela! You are so talented!

Many blessigns to you!
Amanda

momstheword said...

Beautiful post about a beautiful Gift, our Savior.

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