A Remarkable Gift - A Personal Christmas Reflection of God's Best Gift

Well here we are - it’s December 24th, Christmas eve! Another year has flown by, and I struggle a bit to find words to articulate the many feelings coursing through my heart these days. To be honest it’s a mix of many -Gratitude. Fatigue. Hope. Fear. Joy. Confusion. Peace…

The theme of the Zondervan Christmas letter this year was “ordinary” - 2018 - apart from the tornado on July 19th - was absent of any major drama, upheaval, or dramatic life changes. There’s some relief that comes from such a “normal” stretch - but some dissonance as well. I wonder at times if God is ok with such a “normal” life - does he want - or expect - more from me?

For all the pageantry surrounding the Christmas story, it’s remarkable how, well, ordinary our Savior’s entry into this world actually was. Jesus didn’t arrive with a flashy parade or a long line of limousines and secret service agents - he was born just like we were, except in a dirty, dingy stable filled with animals instead of a sterile hospital room. Yet that ordinary arrival would give way to the most extraordinary event in human history - God became flesh and dwelt among us. Later he would willingly give his life on the cross so that we might have salvation, the greatest gift mankind would ever receive.

I am so thankful for Jesus’ gift to me. I grateful for his patience and mercy, that he has helped me become the man I am today, and is helping me ultimately become the man God created me to be. I’m so glad I survived the tumult and upheaval of 2016; humbled and thankful for two and a half years of sobriety. Living with chronic pain continues to present any number of challenges, but I praise God that he’s helped me navigate these sometimes difficult waters. My job at KCWN has changed me life; God used this radio station to get my eyes off my pain and focus on something much better. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful wife and two amazing kids, something I thought I would never have.

How was your 2018? What are you thankful for on this Christmas eve? If you need something to be thankful for, take a moment and ponder the unremarkable way our Savior entered this world, and what a remarkable gift we were given in Christ!

“Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God . . .rather he made himself nothing by taking the very form of a servant, being made in human likeness, and being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross. Therefore, God called him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. . .and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father!” Philippians 2:5-11