I bought this great Christmas card a couple of years ago. On the front was the hand of an infant and when you open the card there was an adult hand with a single nail print in it. I love that card.
Of course Christmas is about the birth of the infant Jesus. It’s a special time for all of us and it’s a beautiful time too. But I can’t help but think of what the same people who attended his birth must have been thinking hours after his crucifixion.
Mary looking at the hands that had been nailed to the cross, remembering how soft and sweet they were when he first touched her face. Joseph remembering the boy’s first callused hands as he worked alongside him in the carpentry shop.
I wonder if the very angels who proclaimed his birth were the same that silently waited for his resurrection with tears replacing the songs of joy at his birth.
It is Christmas, a time to remember the birth of our Savior, but it is also time to remember the rebirth that Savior offers to us.
It was for us he came that starry night, and it was for us he died that dark stormy day. It was for us that bright morning when he arose again, defeating death forever – FOR US!
I sometimes think about putting a name tag on my manger scene…”To Susan, From: God with Love….with Great Love!
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