Through New Eyes

What a great time of year! I love Christmas time and all that the season brings – the fragrance of the Christmas tree, Christmas music, and Christmas movies. Having a little boy has changed how the season feels. It brings back memories of Christmas when I was younger. To see your child experience something new brings forth a new perspective for the parents as well. My son was so excited to get a Christmas tree. Now that he’s talking he asked to get a Christmas tree for two weeks before we finally got around to it. Now we watch Christmas shows and movies all day. Its like a switch was flipped and I love it!

My favorite part of Nate learning about Christmas is that it facilitates a discussion about Jesus. He’s only two, but we talk about Jesus a lot. Christmas gives us more fuel for that fire. Not only is he learning about Jesus (even if its bits and pieces), but I am learning new intricacies to my own faith. Again, perspective is everything. Having a son and being a father has changed the way I view the gospel. Nate is my one and only son. That in itself lends to a new lens in which to view God’s love for us in sending Jesus.

As I was driving the other day I thought about Jesus coming as a baby. Why didn’t he just show up on the scene as a man and just take care of this sin business real quick? If he had, scriptures like Hebrews 2:18 and 4:15 would not exist. I am thankful that he did come as a child. I’m thankful for Hebrews 4:15, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” We have hope, but only in Jesus. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and are able to enjoy Christ and the peace he brings us!

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