BORN FOR US-The Nativity of the Lord

“In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see–I am bringing you good news of great joy for all people:  to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign for you:  you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”  Luke 2:8-14

Now; from the works of C.S. LEWIS:  “It is an old and pious saying that Christ died not only for Man but for each man, just as much as if each had been the only man there was.  Can I not believe the same of this creative act which, as spread out in time, we call destiny or history?  It is for each human soul. Each is an end. Perhaps for each beast. Perhaps even each particle of matter–the night sky suggests that the inanimate also has for God some value we cannot imagine.  His ways are not (not there, anyway) like ours.

If you ask why I believe all this, I can only reply that we are taught both by precept and example, to pray…One of the purposes for which God instituted prayer may have been to bear witness that the course which every being makes its contribution and (in prayer) a conscious contributio9n, and in which every being is both an end and a means.  The great work of art was made for the sake of all it does and is, down to the curve of every wave and the flight of every insect.”

“Come, Lord Jesus, come into my heart!”

“I personally must admit that when I learned, as a child, that Christ was born and died for us because he love us, I did not really take it personally until one day a minister pointed to each one of us and said: ‘Jesus came down from heaven, was born and died for YOU, because he loved YOU so much.’  How then could I ever doubt His love for ME. Just think about that today.”

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