Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas

This is a repost from last Christmas. I unexpectedly unplugged this week, but I still plan to unplug over the next week. If I find time I hope to go back and read the last weeks worth of your blogs that I've missed. Because I really have missed you. For now - I'm so thankful for all of you - for this blogging community and for your friendships and for the successes many of you have had this year despite it being a really tough year in the publishing industry. And for those of you still plugging away on the journey - may 2010 be your year!

We have a nativity set my children love to arrange, the wise men coming with their gifts, camel following. The shepherds in the fields watching over their sheep and the angel who arrives to tell them a Savior is born. A stable: an ugly, dirty, hay-strewn stable with a cow and a trough, and a mom and dad with a newborn baby.

They love Christmas because of that little baby. Because God is huge and unseeable and hard to comprehend, but Jesus - he's a baby. They understand a baby.

Yet when we lay him in the feeding trough, I think that the baby is harder to understand than God. He was before the world, he helped make the world with his own hands, and then came as a baby to live in it. He was all God, yet all man. He who flung the stars in space, who separated the light from the dark and the water from the land, came as a baby completely dependent on two very human, fallible parents. Parents young enough to be my children.

How much did Mary really understand? As she lay exhausted and tired and scared and mostly alone in that stable, holding a baby no different looking than any other, how much did she know? Could she even begin to imagine what life held in store? Could she even begin to imagine that the baby boy she kissed was God?

This Christmas one particular song keeps playing in my head over and over. Words to ponder this day as you celebrate the day:

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Did you know
That your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know

That your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you've delivered

Will soon deliver you

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Did you know

That your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?

Did you know

That your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little boy
You've kissed the face of God

Mary, did you know?
The blind will see

The deaf will hear

And the dead will live again

The lame will leap
The dumb will speak

The praises of the lamb

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy is lord of all creation?
Did you know
That your baby boy will one day rules the nations?

Did you know

That your baby boy is heavens perfect lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding

Is the great I am

To all of you from me: Merry Christmas.


  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Heidi. Here is to your continued success. :0)

    (I've almost finished Some Kind of Normal and I LOVE it!!)

  2. I love this post, love what you said, and love you too, you wonderful lady!

    Have a peaceful Christmas, rest and laugh. Be well.

  3. Merry Christmas Heidi. I'm glad I met you this year. :)

  4. Merry Christmas to my blogging pal!

    "Some Kind of Normal" sits under the tree, a present to me. :)

  5. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours this holiday season.

  6. kristi and Kathryn - that's your christmas present to me!! Thanks so much! I can't tell you what that means!

    heidi - yeah. back at you.

    paul - I'm so glad I found you too! :) I love that my circle is getting a little bigger.

    J. Kaye - merry christmas!!

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  8. I've had similar thoughts this Christmas as I look at my own newborn. Our Lord used to be that helpless baby. Graat post, Heidi.

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  9. Hey all you here Merry Christmas and have a very good new year from today. Enjoy the day,..

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