There is a song that was made popular a few years back called “Mary Did You Know?” The words are so amazing when you look at the circumstances, I couldn’t say it better:
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered will soon deliver you
How could such a very young woman understand any of these questions?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God
Kissed the face of God!! She really did just that.
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding is the great “I Am”.
The great “I Am”, do we today really understand the term the great “I Am”?
This night of remembrance I would like you to ponder the words of this song and put yourself in Mary’s place. Then in real time I would like you to ponder the thought that all these things” ARE” real and are part of “Your story”.
Had the pleasure of attending the Seward High School Band/Choir concert the other night. It is so amazing watching the young people’s talent. The best part is there are many in other activities that I haven’t had the opportunity to meet, and am waiting to see. In our society we sometimes overlook the work and dedication these youth put into their “extra” activities. I love to watch youth participate in hard work because they “want” to, not because they “have” to. The outcome of their dedication gives so many times over. I watched the social aspect of people coming together to see the talents. I watched the self-esteem of the youth go up with the smiles of their parents and grandparents. I watched the youth support each other as part of the same group with the same goals. I watched the feeling of Joy fill the theater as people forgot about their frustrations for a short time. We have to strive as parents to support our youth when they want to do things that are honorable. It is what will make our world great again. When we use our God given talents to the support of each other we will be blessed in so many ways. Hard work is not something to be abandoned; it is the root of good character and self worth. Give me the pride of a job well done and I will be complete, give me everything for nothing and I will be constantly searching for more.
Matthew 25:21 [Full Chapter]
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
As we start this season of emotions I can’t help but look back at my own life, of course it is the one I know the best. When we are young the Christmas season is one of excitement for many reasons. We look forward to programs at school, gift exchanges with classmates, and the ever waited for “Christmas Vacation”, after all we were worked quite hard in school. Playing in the snow and of course the extra chores Dad always had figured out. In church it was the Christmas Program and the extra services, and the Pastor talking about the baby Jesus and Mary and Joseph, Christmas carols and a tree in the front of the church. It was all quite magical. As I look back there always seemed to be two worlds; the Santa Claus and presents world that was advertised so much in the papers and on TV. And then there was the other world, the quieter side, the one of family, grandparents, and special treats and cookies, and the song Silent Night at the Christmas Eve service that made some people cry and others just very somber. I sometimes long for that quiet side, as our world seems to be overtaken by the commercial side of a “Holiday season.” My prayer is that you and your families hold tight to the quieter side of Christmas. After all there would be no Christmas without Jesus Christ. He is the reason for the season. Have a Merry Christ-mas.