What Started in a Manger…

The first time I ever remember crying over simple words strung together in a book was as I was reading a selection aloud to Dave from Max Lucado’s God Came Down back in the 80’s.  I think I was reading the chapter written as Mary, the mother of Jesus, sort of pondering and praying in her heart about her newborn son, and, being a young mother myself, was impacted deeply.

Parts of “Mary’s Prayer”  by Max Lucado

GOD. O infant-God. Heaven’s fairest child. Conceived by the union of divine grace with

our disgrace. Sleep well…

Rest well, tiny hands. For though you belong to a king, you will touch no satin, own no gold. You will grasp no pen, guide no brush. No, your tiny hands are reserved for works more precious:

to touch a leper’s open wound,

to wipe a widow’s weary tear,

to claw the ground of Gethsemane.

Your hands, so tiny, so white-clutched tonight in an infant’s fist. They aren’t destined to hold a scepter nor wave from a palace balcony. They are reserved instead for a Roman spike that will staple them to a Roman cross…

O eyes that will see hell’s darkest pit and witness her ugly prince . . . sleep, please sleep; sleep while you can.

Lie still, tiny mouth. Lie still, mouth from which eternity will speak.

Tiny tongue that will soon summon the dead, that will define grace, that will silence our foolishness.

Rosebud lips-upon which ride a starborn kiss of forgiveness to those who believe you, and of death to those who deny you-lie still… 

That Max has a way with words (www.maxlucado.com) and you can access a special, downloadable selection of Christmas writings put together as “It Began in a Manger” right here.  It is a 15-page gathering of writings he has done in various books with 6 short, but thought-provoking and inspirational “chapters” including “The Arrival, ” the above-mentioned “Mary’s Prayer” and “Gabriel’s Questions.”

I love to read this every year as I “prepare Him room”…again.  Check it out!  Enjoy “my” (Max’s) FREE gift to you on this first day of December!

He came as a baby to save me, even me!  I’ll be contemplating that and celebrating my deliverance from the law of sin and death for the next 24+ days!…Jeanie

NOTE TO SELF:  God loves to see us celebrate and rejoice.  Spread the word!  JOY!  To the whole world!  Repeat as needed!

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