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Humbling Holidays

Christmas accentuates what is true of me all year long, that I have serious limitations.

Limitations of creativity.

of time.

of capacity.

of energy.

of money.

Christmas accentuates what is true of me all year long, that I am a sinner.

Sins of pride.

Anxiety.

Anger.

Self sufficiency.

And yet Christmas also accentuates what is true of God all year round, that He regards the lowly, the humble, the needy.

A young virgin.

Barren Elizabeth.

Shepherds.

And these very limitations and sins that are humbling, are the very things that can soften my heart to hear the story about the Savior’s birth with a fresh sense of awe and wonder.

Unlimited Creator.

eternal One.

omnipotent.

Prince of Glory.

Humbled Himself to become a man. Born to live the perfect life I could never live. Born to die for sins He did not commit. For my sins of pride, anxiety, anger, and self sufficiency during the holidays.

The holidays aren’t just humbling, they are a profound celebration of humility. The humility of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Phil 2:5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [1] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, [2] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Amen.

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