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The Nativity

October 20, 2016

Love came down at Christmas.  I grew up singing a hymn about it.

Love Came Down At Christmas

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and to all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

Love came down at Christmas.  Jesus came into the world and the world was never the same.  When I imagine what it would be like to have been there the day the Savior was born, my heart is filled with reverent awe and wonder.  Yet what is even more amazing about Jesus’ birth is that He came into the world so ultimately we could be born in Him.

One day, Jesus conversed with Nicodemus, who asked Him  “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]

“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[e] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness,so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[g]

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. ( John 3:2-17)

From our mothers and fathers, we are born of the flesh.  But when we believe in Jesus as the Christ, we are born of the Spirit.

May we soak in the precious truth of His love and care for us this holy holiday season.

To experience the fullness of this holy season, we encourage you to attend The Nativity, a Christmas play hosted by the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, TX on December 18, 2016.  The play is directed by Salisha Miller and features a multi-ethnic cast.

Find more information on The Nativity at Catholic Charismatic Center here.

The Nativity Salisha Miller

 

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  3. In the 1970s Bowie and Iggy Pop shared an apartment in Berlin, both of them trying to wean themselves off drugs: the Wonder Years. I didn't make it to Berlin until the 90s, but I would have loved to have seen it in the 70s.I agree with Edward, who I presume is replying to Douthat's opinion piece. Freedoms can be lost quickly and violently or slowly and surruptitiously. The fact that we've managed — thus far — to fend off the former is no guarentee that we'll succeed against the latter.

  4. Thank you Katya. Your revealing the “unskewed polls” specified what I had reasoned was the Republicans’living in a magical world of idiosyncratic thinking: “the world should be, will be, and therefore is the way we want it be.” Jon had a great segment on Fox News reactions to Ohio first, and the election results more overall, that was a capture of this essence. Hysterically funny – and also tragically sad. And this is considered to be “news”…..

  5. The outstanding creative work at D&AD this year was Dove Evolution a digital campaign. This won a silver pencil. Meanwhile a charity poster, with bad typography, won a black pencil and a photoshopped picture of an aeroplane won an award for best photography (no prizes for best the guy who coded the program?)Swings and roundabouts Rob. Stop bleating and do some decent TV work, it was all pony this year.

  6. Thank you so much for this post! It’s really encouraging! I am still getting my Bachelor’s degree, and while I’m studying something I really enjoy (Music Education– and I am a full-blooded music nerd!), I also have a passion to write. That passion started me blogging. And because of blogging, I search under tags and read other people’s blogs which God speaks through, as well. =) I don’t really know what I’ll be doing when I graduate (and I’m going to be a SENIOR!), but I shall continue praying about it and see where his ORCHESTRATION directs. =) Anna

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  15. I’ll have to re-watch this one. I remember watching it when I was around 14 and not getting a lot of the jokes – or maybe they weren’t funny then either. Do you think it’s just in the nature of comedic farces to become outdated quickly? I generally love the outrageous slapstick humor especially when it reflects my own experiences (Superbad, etc), but I’m curious to hear what you think.Becca

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