December 17, 2019
Scripture: Luke 1:51-53
He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
Thought for the Day: “I like the Christmas Jesus best.” Those were the words of Will Ferrell’s (Ricky Bobby) character in the comedy Talladega Nights.
“Jesus did grow up,” Ricky’s wife reminded him. “You don’t always have to call him baby.” But Ricky Bobby responded, “I like the Christmas Jesus best when I’m saying grace.” And then Ferrell went back to his prayer, “Dear 8lb 6oz newborn infant Jesus. Don’t even know a word yet. Just a little infant, so cuddly, but still omnipotent …. Thank you for all your power and your grace, dear baby God. Amen.”
In many ways, I think we all agree with Ricky Bobby’s prayer. We like the baby Jesus, yet Mary presented a picture of this baby that wasn’t all that soft or cuddly. Maybe I’m too much of a Christmas fan, but I think it is okay to enjoy the baby Jesus…yet always knowing that the little bundle of joy will challenge everything we believe. Maybe that’s true of every baby.
Prayer: Dear 8lb 6oz newborn infant Jesus, let me enjoy you in this moment before your words of challenge rock my existence. Amen.
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