Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christ the Saviour is Born

One of the things I love about this time of year is that are many ways to cause us to focus on our wonderful Lord. Saturday night I was privileged to attend an open house at South Scipio Church, where Rebecca's husband is the pastor. (You can see more nativity sets at Rebecca's blog).

It was a really wonderful display of so many nativity sets (Rebecca could probably tell you the number). Some were large and elaborate, some small and simple, some very unique--made out of every day items you could find around the house.

Some of you may remember the Titus Project I've mentioned--a mentoring program for teens sponsored by my church. Erin is the student I've been mentoring, so I invited Erin and her sister Emily to go with us to the open house. I think they truly enjoyed the display.



It goes without saying that no open house is complete without refreshments. It also is a known fact that it's perfectly OK to have your dessert before your meal. We enjoyed some cake and punch, and then took the girls out to the Harlan Cafe for supper (or I guess it's dinner if you're from the city).

I have also befriended and mentored a young lady who is in prison, and she asked me to send her a picture of the manger scene to put on her locker, to remind her of the true meaning of Christmas. So I've thought a lot about the manger and the birth of our Lord.

It is good for us to celebrate Christ's birth as a baby in the manger. But I can never think about the manger without thinking about the reason that the Lord of the universe would humble Himself and come to earth. I am so thankful that He not only came as a baby but He went to the cross and rose again, to provide a way for us to live eternally with Him.

You came from Heaven to Earth, to show the way,
From the earth to the cross,my debt to pay,
From the cross to the grave,
From the grave to the sky,
Lord, I lift Your Name on High!

8 comments:

Wanda said...

Hi Donna, I'm sure you must find the mentoring program for teens very rewarding. The two young girls with you look sweet and happy. Enjoy this wonderful season.
Luv,
Wanda

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

I love the song you referenced. I'm really making an effort to focus on the reason for the holiday more than the trappings.

Rebecca said...

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And I was SO blessed that you and Lynn and the girls were our first guests!

Kristen said...

Donna... what a wonderful post... and a wonderful evening. Your comment about the woman in prison really touched my heart. I said a quick prayer for her....

Lifting His name on high w/you friend!

Kristen said...

Donna... what a wonderful post... and a wonderful evening. Your comment about the woman in prison really touched my heart. I said a quick prayer for her....

Lifting His name on high w/you friend!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

It's "supper" for us as well! Love the Nativity scene. I've collected a small few; always on the lookout for more, unique ones to add.

Thank you for sharing and for investing your heart into the lives of these young women. Sowing good seed, sister.

By the way, did you get your book?

peace~elaine

Dee said...

Donna, What a great way to spend time this Christmas season. I think the showing of all the different nativity's is a great idea. It is nice that you invited the girls. You have an angels heart with your mentoring, and I admire you for it. The young girl in prison will be in my prayers and how uplifting to know she wanted a picture of a nativity.It shows she is focusing on Jesus!

Brenda said...

I am so glad that you got to go to Rebecca's display. I am sure it was wonderful. I do so love nativity sets. Great idea to take the girls.