Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Catch-up

We had a crazy week at work where Mr. Daddy has been acting supervisor, then a sick kid, getting snowed in, getting rear-ended, dealing with snow damage, trying to keep a couple horsies warm, and oh yeah, Christmas.

I gotta say... it was a strange one this year. It was a bit surreal to get the call on Christmas Eve that our family gathering had been cancelled. For the first time in my life, I would not be spending it with my extended family. My uncle had run into a ditch twice with his 4x4 attempting to get his family there, so we knew better than to head out that direction.

Admittedly, there was a part of me that was sad - but the whole scenario reminded me that it wasn't about a DAY. And it isn't even about the people we are with. Not even our loved ones or family.
It is about acknowledging a very personal gift in the form of an innocent baby.

Several years ago I was invited to dance at a Christmas Eve service. I was all set to go with Welcome to Our World by Chris Rice - beautiful and simple lyrics.
As I drove there, a recent article I'd read popped into my head.

It was about a family who had a very sick child. One that would die without a bone marrow transplant. They'd had no success in finding a match, and had made the decision to attempt to conceive another child who could be a match and save the older sibling's life.

The human side of me thought it was such a clinical-sounding decision.
The value of that new baby was just to help another child?

And on that cold winter night as my car pulled into the church parking lot in front of their lit Nativity display... I realized that God had made that decision for us.

He sent a baby. The only one in the world who would have the right blood type to save us. The only one who could heal us and give us life.
Only He knew that it would cost everything.

If it does not leave you speechless to understand truly - that the Creator of the universe saw fit to do that for YOU... I can only think it is too big to grasp - like it is for me. You and I were, are, that important to Him.

Yes; this post is a bit belated, but sometimes God has other ideas about timing. After all, it isn't about a DAY. And it still is about Him.

4 comments:

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

BEAUTIFUL post!! I'm sorry your Christmas wasn't what you expected, but like you said, it isn't about where you go, it's about the PERSON that made the day possible. Glad you guys stayed SAFE in all that snow! Now, send some OUR way! LOL

And I LOVED your comment you left on my blog! I guess I didn't realize you were deaf! Wish we lived closer to each other! LOL I sign and know NO deaf people! I love getting to know you through your blog!

He And Me + 3 said...

Rachel,

That was such a beautiful post. I love how God's love was revealed to you through that story. I had one of those moments just this week. It is an awesome thing! Thanks for sharing!
This Christmas season did seem crazy for everyone, but it is so good to know that God is still there even amongst the craziness.
((Hugs)) to you my friend!

Stacy said...

Wonderful post, Rachel, and that really does put it into perspective.

I missed one of our family gatherings, too, due to me being sick. It is important to remember WHY we celebrate, and it is not just the act of celebrating that we need to look forward to.

Pinkalicious said...

Wonderful post, Rachel. It is about Him, as much as it is so easy to forget it. Thank you for that reminder, so eloquently put. I love how you make me think in other ways. :)

Sara