Monday, January 10, 2011

Merry Christmas. Feliz Navidad. Melkam Gena. Happy Birthday to Jesus. Sheng Dan Kuai Le.

The most beautiful story ever written. A Holy God - Creator and judge of the Universe- came to us, an unholy people who chose to reject His love and His perfect ways. He chose to redeem us and make us His children while we were still His enemies and wanted nothing to do with Him. 
 He chose to send His son as a baby into a world full of evil. He chose to come to us, not as a mighty King, but as a baby, born in the most humble of places.

He walked among us, healed us, loved us, taught us. God knew we could not save ourselves. He is Just, and He is Merciful. He chose to pour out His overwhelming wrath of our sin and wickedness upon His one and only Son, so that we might be saved through Him.

Jesus bore God's wrath over my sin so that I could be washed as white as snow. He died for us, but He rose victoriously from death on that glorious third day, conquering sin and death forever. 

Because of Jesus, I have been completely forgiven. God looks at me and sees only the blood of my beautiful Savior who washed me clean, not who I was without Him. Because of Jesus, we can each have a relationship with the Holy God of the universe. Because of Jesus, an unworthy people, can be called children of God, living in victory over sin, and with the promise of eternal life with Him in heaven.
 Because of Jesus, God offers all of us a free gift of Salvation. Of Redemption. Of Peace with Him.
This is the Miracle of Christmas.
Emmanuel: God with us. God with me. Every single day.


   Solomon's first Christmas ornament! We gave it to him via skype last year and it hung on our tree, just desperately hoping that he would be here one day to hang it himself. Praise the Lord, He was here to do it this Christmas!

                                                                      Mmm...even more classic.

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6

               The fireplace has witnessed a few affects of adoption as well.
                          Dear Santa, we need a bigger mantle next year.

                                       Raleigh had it's first White Christmas in 63 years. My heart nearly exploded with joy.

This was about the time she decided she would really like some hot cocoa.

Why yes, we did utilize the Yule Log channel on our TV. Our Christmas tree refused to drink water this year so it probably would burst into flames if we used the real deal. The Yule Log channel was such a wonderful idea.

                                                     My newest brother!

Kiki, African Snow Princess.

                                                      Jackpot Present: A huge Dora the Explorer doll house and castle with 10,345 people.

It was SUCH a beautiful Christmas. It was filled with thanksgiving to the Lord, love, and tons of fun. I am so grateful for Jesus, the most tremendous gift that I, and the world, was ever given. He is my love, my best friend, my redeemer, my everything. {And His birthday is a pretty fun deal around these here parts.}

                                                         My sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.
                                            Oh praise the One, who paid my debt, and raised this life up from the dead!

Photos courtesy of Melissa.


Catherine said...

I love all the pictures and your blog! Your blog posts encourage me! Hope you are doing well, looks like you had an awesome Christmas!