under the skyThere is a simple Christmas carol called, I Wonder as I Wander (John Jacob Niles, 1933). Do you know it? With its haunting melody and simple words, it reflects the awe of the coming of Jesus as Immanuel, God with us.

I wonder as I wander out under the sky
How Jesus the Saviour did come for to die
For poor orn’ry people like you and like I;
I wonder as I wander out under the sky

When Mary birthed Jesus ’twas in a cow’s stall
With wise men and farmers and shepherds and all
But high from God’s heaven, a star’s light did fall
And the promise of ages it then did recall.

If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing
A star in the sky or a bird on the wing
Or all of God’s angels in heaven to sing
He surely could’ve had it, ’cause he was the King

I wonder as I wander out under the sky
How Jesus the Saviour did come for to die
For poor orn’ry people like you and like I;
I wonder as I wander out under the sky

[Listen on YouTube: The Cambridge Singers: I Wonder as I Wander]

Have you ever wondered? Have you ever allowed the awe of Jesus coming as a wee baby to wash over you?

The prophet Isaiah spoke of the coming of Jesus, saying:

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

Immanuel. God with us. God in the flesh.

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

God. Living and breathing. Eating and sleeping. Laughing and crying. Working and playing among us.

He came to love us. He came to save us. He came to bring us grace and truth and peace.

As you celebrate Christmas, take a moment to bask in the awe of the baby in the manger – the Son of God in human flesh who left the glory of heaven for poor ornery people, like you and like I.

May your Christmas be filled with the joy of the Savior’s birth!

Pastor Cindy

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