Friday, December 12, 2008

Divine Humanity

For as long as I can remember, my mother placed a reproduction antique postcard on the table next to her nativity set each Christmas season. A few years before Mom passed away, she gave me the nativity set, and in the box was that postcard. It contains a sentiment written by Phillips Brooks, a man known as the greatest American preacher of the 19th century and writer of the Christmas hymn, O Little Town of Bethlehem.

Each year when I read the postcard, a thrill of joy bubbles up from my heart. At this beautiful time of year, I wish you a similar thrill of joy. . .

“Lift up your eyes to the great meaning of the day, and dare to think of your humanity as something so divinely precious that it is worthy of being made an offering to God.

Count it as a privilege to make that offering as complete as possible, keeping nothing back; and then go out to the pleasures and duties of your life, having been truly born anew into His divinity, as he was born into our humanity on Christmas Day.”

Since I was a very young woman, I have given myself, heart and soul, to my Lord. I offer each of my days to Him. And in a most humble way, I think of my writing as something so divinely precious that it is worthy of being made an offering to God as well.

I hope you ponder this beautiful sentiment, and I pray that it draws you closer to the heart of God during this precious Christmas season.

Merry Christmas!


Jan Parrish said...

Beautiful card and profound quote on it. What a great time to stop and ponder our lives as a living sacrifice.

Robbie Iobst said...

Thank you Megan! I love this.

Anonymous said...

That is so beautiful! And the post card is extra special for the memories attached.

Thank you for sharing it.