This morning I read that a 78 year old man has been sleeping on a bench outside of St. Mary’s hospital for the past 12 nights in hopes that he can be at the front door when the duke and duchess come out with their new baby, Britain’s future monarch and head of state, wrapped in their arms. He would like to give them a card and even dreams about holding the royal baby. Seems creepy to me, but to each his own I guess.
On a day like today when so many people around the world are awaiting the birth of William & Kate’s baby, I can’t help but think of the birth of Jesus and how simple and understated it was.
There was no pomp. No ceremony. No media coverage. No hashtags and No stay at home moms glued to their television sets. It was the most important moment in the history of the world and it was totally hype free. No one even knew it was happening, except of course Mary & Joseph.
Once baby Jesus arrived and had been swaddled and put to sleep in a manger, God wanted to announce it… like a new dad who has family waiting in the waiting room after his wife delivers their baby. He can’t wait to call them and tell them the baby is here and he’s perfect and mom is doing great and that he weighed this much and that that’s him crying in the back ground.
God wanted to call some people and tell them that His son was here. He didn’t call ABC or NBC or Zion 7, He called some shepherds who were working the night shift. He sent an angel to tell them this,
“Don’t be afraid! I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!”
This was something to celebrate! This is still something to celebrate! Not just every year in December, but every day.
Luke 2:20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
Those excited shepherds spent their lunch break going to visit the new baby and then they had to get back to work, but they didn’t just go back to work, they went back to work and began to glorify and praise God for all they had heard and seen! They knew what the angel had told them earlier was true. The joy bringing savior was here! They had no idea what all Jesus would do during his time here on the earth. They didn’t know he would heal the blind, raise the dead, cast out demons, or give his life away for them, yet they knew he was worthy to be praised, and so there among their flocks, they praised!
I wonder how many people waiting outside that hospital in London today hoping to get a glimpse of the royal baby realize that 2,000 something years ago THE royal baby was born and 33 years later He gave His life for them. His mom wasn’t a fashion icon, his father wasn’t a former heart throb, his birth was overlooked, but he was indeed royal and he went to the cross so those who wanted to be apart of his royal family, could be.
1 Peter 2:9 (ESV) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
If Jesus is your King, you don’t have to spend your nights sleeping on a bench in hopes that you can be apart of something royal for a few seconds of your life, because God has made you part of His royal priesthood. You are a part of a royal family that will reign throughout eternity. Glory to God in the Highest!
- THE royal baby. God’s only son who left His home in heaven and put on flesh so we could become God’s family.
- I am part of the royal priesthood.
- God had to tell someone His news that night. How sweet that he chose the shepherds.
- All that the shepherds heard and saw was just as the angel said it would be.
- “He will bring great joy to all people!”
- Zion 7. Used to love it when we got to watch those at church on Wednesday nights.
- Nice, hot shower to clear out my head this morning.
- Didn’t sleep very well last night, so we had a movie morning. The kids watched Madagascar 2 and I slept through Madagascar 2.
- I felt much better after my little nap.
- My eye doctor had a pair of contacts to tide me over until the rest of my order arrives.
- I let Beau walk through the grocery store instead of riding in a car since I only had one thing to grab and she was so sweet holding my hand and talking to me about all the stuff she saw. I don’t get the terrible twos thing… she is so fun right now!
- Butterfly and dinosaur shaped sandwich cutters make PB&Js way more exciting.
- Happy hour at Sonic and the kid’s first slushies.
- Got our vacuum cleaner back from the repair shop!
- The guy at the repair shop loaded the vacuum in the trunk for me.
- The kids did really great on the 30 minute drive to and from the shop. They were content to just look out their windows and sip on their slushies.
- We made it safely to the shop and did not get lost!
- AC! AC! AC! Super hot in Texas today.
- Yummy taco salad for dinner.
- The kids had so much fun running through the sprinkler together. I loved watching them play while I cleaned up the kitchen.
- Beau singing “Your Love Is Deep” and doing all the motions that they do in her class at church.
- The kids laughing the hardest they’ve ever laughed at a book while we read “Olivia and the Missing Toy” before bed. They were literally rolling over Olivia’s baby brother.
- Big day yesterday on 10kreasons. So glad God led me to share on shame.
- Made $47 on e-bay this week!
- Gus got a sneak peak at the Wacky Week decorations. They looked awesome. He’s so excited about tomorrow!
- Two more months until the first day of fall!
- Sunny is going to be a fall baby! Looking forward to having a new baby around during my favorite time of year.