December 25, 2010 at 12:01 am 3 comments

“The giving of gifts is not something man invented.  God started the giving spree when He gave a gift beyond words, the unspeakable gift of His son.” – Robert Flatt

A gift beyond words. 

It’s times like now when I realize how very limiting language is.  Sometimes, there are things that leave even the most wordy person speechless.

Tim Keller says that Christmas is about the fact that “God has punched a hole in the roof of the world and has climbed in.” 

Into a manger.  Of all places.  Just one more clue showing God’s ways to be very different than ours.   

But we aren’t really celebrating the manger.  We’re celebrating the birth because we’re already looking ahead – looking ahead to Easter, to His death and resurrection, to when He paid our debt and ransomed us.  Set us free.  And we’re celebrating His first coming by looking ahead and reminding ourselves of His second. 

Maybe there really aren’t any words.  But I want to share my favorite Christmas painting ever, by Morgan Weistling. I love it because it’s one of the few paintings of Mary and the baby Jesus where they actually seem real.  And especially Mary: tender, young, poor – but the girl God chose to mother His son. 

Mary, did you know that when you kiss your little baby, you’ve kissed the face of God? 


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Annie  |  December 25, 2010 at 12:42 am

    I love that painting. I’ve never seen it before, but now that I have, I love it. You’re right – Mary and baby Jesus look incredibly real.

    Merry Christmas, Megan!

  • 2. Joanna  |  December 25, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Love the painting, dearie. Merry Christmas (e-mail comin’ soon)!!

  • 3. singamelody  |  December 28, 2010 at 9:25 am

    That painting is really beautiful! Mary often looks so much older then she was supposed to have been, but that painter depicts her beautifully.

    And I love the thought that Jesus was a gift to us – goodness, there’s no way we could ever top that! Which is kinda humbling, when you think about it…

    Merry Christmas!


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