Sunday, December 14, 2014 - Third Sunday of Advent

Advent 2014

Sunday, December 14

Third Sunday of Advent

 

It's that time of year again where the decorations begin to go up and Christmas trees are being strung with colorful lights and ornaments.  Carols are being sung throughout houses and neighbors join in.  Presents begin to appear under the tree and families start to gather.  Christmas, I've found, is a time that brings people together like no other time of the year.


Some of my very favorite things about Christmas are the nativity scenes.  They're always so intricate and always catch my eye.  One of my favorite things about them is how everyone in the scene is so focused on baby Jesus.  Every animal and person has their eyes on the baby.  Even though there is no figurine for God, we know He is there beyond the manger.  He is somewhat far away, never seen, but one thing is for certain:  God is looking just as closely and intently as all the others.


I've come to realize almost all nativity scenes have this: every character is so absolutely enthralled by this baby lying in a manger and a distant God looking over.  Every nativity scene captures this image so well.  I can't help but wonder, though, how God is feeling about this.  After all, this is His son everyone is looking at in awe.  The first word that comes to my mind is pride.  Any parent brags on their child when they do something good (I'm not a parent, but my parents certainly do this for me).  They tell us how proud they are and usually give us big warm hugs and kisses on the forehead.  God, on the other hand, could not do this.  His glorious son was on earth while He was in heaven.  God as a parent, I'm sure, could feel such pride that all these people were there, looking at His son with such love and adoration.


As we know, we are all God's children, just as Jesus was and is.  So what does that mean?  I think it means this:  When we do something good and in the ways of God, He smiles upon us from heaven, just as He did with Jesus.  God feels such pride when we do things He has called us to do.


So during this Christmas season, I think we should all think about this.  God our father is looking down on us every day of our lives.  Wouldn't we all want Him to look at us with such pride as He did Jesus the day he was born and every day after?  Let's do what would make God proud.

 

- Jillian Wade

 

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