Long Expected Jesus

Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ birth. For to you is born this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (from Luke 2:11).

Christmas is also a reminder that Jesus will be back. The Lord himself will descend from heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:16).

Waiting, we pray, “Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).

Held by the Lord

Our first grandson* (I love him so!) was born a preemie. At first, we could not hold him. “Being held is stressful,” the nurses said.

So we watched him and we prayed, continually asking the Lord to hold him.

The next morning I noticed a book in a restroom. I picked it up and it fell open to this: “People were bringing little children to Jesus . . . and he took them in his arms, put his hands on them, and blessed them” (from Mark 10:13-16).

It seemed to me the Lord was saying, “You don’t have to keep asking. I heard you the first time. Holding too-small babies is what I do. It’s who I am.”

My tear-filled pleas became prayers of thanksgiving: “Thank you, Lord, for holding baby boy!”

*Baby boy, born to our middle daughter, is now 6+ weeks old. He’s home and doing well.