so very merry

Many Sparrows Blog Christmas Card 2014 adoptive family

Can you believe it? Christmas is here!

I’ve taken a bit of a blogging break here in December. I’ve been fingerpainting Christmas trees and frosting snowman cookies and experiencing advent through the eyes of two little ones, and it’s been so very merry.

But I just wanted to take a little minute, in the midst of tinsel and twinkling lights, to wish you the merriest of Christmases.

I’m humbled when I think of Love coming down, here on Earth, in the form of a fresh little baby.

How amazing is it that we have a King who enters into our mess?

We have a savior who joins us in our brokenness and pain and says, there is hope in the manger.

I can hardly believe it.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "God is in the Manger" devotional is helping me tune my heart in the right ways this morning: "But now it is true that in three days, Christmas will come once again. God would have it so. Out of the waiting, hoping, longing world, a world will come in which the promise is given. All crying will be stilled. No tears shall flow. No lonely sorrow shall afflict us anymore, or threaten." Bonhoeffer's sermon, Havana, Cuba, Dec. 21, 1930.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “God is in the Manger” devotional has been helping me tune my heart this advent season.

“Out of the waiting, hoping, longing world, a world will come in which the promise is given. All crying will be stilled. No tears shall flow. No lonely sorrow shall afflict us anymore, or threaten.”

So, whoever you are, wherever you are, my deepest prayer for you is that you will begin to experience the hope that entered into the chaos on the first Christmas. Very truly, nothing else can compare to the crying baby born to a hopeful girl in a humble manger.

I’ll leave you with Amena Brown and Ann Voskamp’s powerful video, “Advent Lament, Brave Merry Christmas.”

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