For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6, NKJV)
God, it wasn’t until after I had children of my own that I began to understand Your word from the prophet Isaiah, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.” I used to think it meant simply that Jesus was born. And while there is nothing simple about that, I completely missed the part about You giving Your Son.
My goodness, Lord, You gave Your Son, Your wonderful, precious, only child to us raggedy humans so that we could revile and vilify Him, and eventually crucify Him, so that You could reestablish our relationship with You. A relationship that we broke in the first place because, as I keep being reminded, we are raggedy.
So on this day that we celebrate the best gift ever, I just want to say thank You.
Thank You for loving me so much that You sacrificed Your Son for my well-being. Thank You for surrounding me with family and friends who love and support me. Thank You that even when I’m feeling alone and when I’ve reached my nadir, You are still with me. And I know You’re with me for so many reasons, but the one on my mind right now is because when You were born as a human, Your name was Emmanuel, which means God with us. And I know You’ve not changed Your character. And I thank You for that, too.
Thank You for the opportunities You have given me. Thank You for the times I’ve tried and succeeded, the times I’ve tried and failed, the times I’ve failed to try, and the learning and growing that accompanied each time.
Thank You for creating such a beautiful world for me to enjoy. Thank You for sunsets and dawns, for breaking waves and sleepy brooks, for flora and fauna, and clouds, and rainbows.
Thank You for Your promise to never flood the world again. And for Your promise that even when I least deserve it You will never leave me or forsake me. Thank You for being strength for me when I am weak. And thank You that You never grow weary of keeping Your promises to me, even though I have broken every single promise I have ever made to You.
Thank You for giving me common sense and wisdom, and thank You for providing me with opportunities to exercise these gifts.
Thank You for being born and living and dying and getting up from the dead. Thank You for showing me Your way. Thank You for leaving Your word (in the form of the bible) so that any time I need to read Your roadmap, it’s right at my fingertips. Thank You for thinking of everything.
Thank You for creating me, knitting me together in my mother’s womb, for making me fearfully and wonderfully, and for having a plan for my future – a plan to give me hope and a future. Thank You that even before You created the world, You had me in mind, and You had a plan for me. Thank You that my birth was not an accident, but rather an instance of Your stepping into time to create a human whom You have chosen for such a time as this.
Thank You that even when I don’t know what my next step might be that You will reveal it to me, if only I will seek You. Thank You for listening to me when I pray and for answering when I call.
Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.
So today, as we celebrate Your birth, I want to let You know that I am glad You were born and I’m thankful You allow me to celebrate Your day with you.
I give You praise and honor and glory, God, and I bless Your name. I do these things in the name of Jesus, our Savior and Lord. Amen.