Celebration of the Incarnation
It was over 20 years ago that the Lord touched and melted my heart from anger and resentment toward the Gentiles. Of course I never realized that I had those feelings! But they weren’t too far from the surface. This is what happened!
From the window in my basement apartment, I could only look up into an ice covered bush.
Ice storms were not that common, so I could only stare at the brilliance of the morning sun glinting off the ice.
Despite the beauty, the scene before me was be dangerous. Tree limbs, burdened by the weight of the ice would soon break causing havoc.
But my attention was captivated by the leaves, each no larger than my finger nail yet each was entombed by an icy shroud.
What happened to cause their bondage? Wind, cold, rain.
I felt tears; I was crying. Suddenly I wasn’t just feeling the wind, cold and rain, but the icy elements of rejection, abandonment and betrayal.
“O God,” I cried, is my heart entombed in an icy grave? Please melt my heart.
Only later did I learn that a pastor had prayed those very words over me the previous week!
God was about to answer both our prayers.
As my daily custom, I went to my desk and began to read Scripture. Next on my schedule was Psalm 117
Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!
For His merciful kindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the Lord endures forever.
Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?
Soon I told my story on the local Christian TV station and was handed my first Christmas tree. I had it “flocked” to represent the ice storm!
The result was celebrating Christmas! Now these many years later, I am living in Jerusalem, just a few miles where God became a man, Jesus! Sadly celebrating Christmas is still an issue between Jewish and Gentile followers of Jesus. Nevertheless, whether we celebrate the holiday, let us always celebrate the miracle of the Incarnation.