25 December 2012

the Messiah.

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we've been christmasing with vigor these past several days--circling trains with the cousins, packing stocky snowmen out back and filling paper cups with dippers of cocoa from the slow cooker. 

our eight and ten year olds made surprise gifts for the whole family (i'm wearing a neon pink ring as i type), and z has been baking up a storm. i adored mothering smallish kids, that magical era of toddler plump and chipmunk voices and skin that smelled salty-sweet. but it's a new and secret kind of wonder to get to know these same people as they ripen into adolescents and full-blown teens, with their own sense of purpose and humor, their own way of reckoning with their Creator. 

He has come for us, this Jesus
He's the hope of all mankind
He has come for us, the Messiah
born to give us life

that's been the very best part of this season. on sunday, pastor mark talked about our moral bankruptcy, and about God stepping large into this war for our souls in the form of the Christ child. and watching our kids ignite alongside us with love for a Savior who refuses to stand back and let us die--that's some kind of gift.

He has come for us.

7 comments:

Kendal Privette said...

"on sunday, pastor mark talked about our moral bankruptcy, and about God stepping large into this war for our souls in the form of the Christ child." this sentence. oh, it's strong....merry christmas, nic.

Brandee Shafer said...

Merry Christmas, Beautiful One!

My husband bought me a "real camera" for Christmas. I'm scared to take it out of the box. Wish you were here.

Leanne Barnett said...

SO beautifully said.

lulu said...

sweet, nic, those pictures make me smile...and make me a little sugar sick since i've had an overwhelming dose in the last 2 days.=) i treasure your words on witnessing your children coming into their own as maturing ones bound with desire to know Jesus well. i thank God for this desire in us that i trust and believe He will turn it into tangible Love as we walk together here. "He has come for us"! i adore you.

Jorth! said...

So, so lovely. As always.

Merry Christmas to all the Owens clan!

Katarina said...

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!All the best!:))))

Farmgirl Paints said...

amen to that. hope you had a wonderful christmas girlie.