Why Do I Adore Him?

I adore him because he he was born to show me joy. http://wp.me/p2UZoK-DV via @blestbutstrest #Advent
Why do I adore him? A child
born in a dank, dark stable, filled with
dung, animal feces and cows softly chewing their
cuds. Why did our Savior come to us this way?

If Jesus had been born in a fancy palace, with
attending physicians and 600 thread-count cotton sheets (Egyptian, of course)
we would think that joy only came to those who
had achieved, arrived or had it all together.

If Jesus had been born in a comfortable
middle-class McMansion (Bethlehem style, can you imagine?),
We’d think that joy only came to us when we felt
cushioned and safe in our man-made caves of complacence.

If Jesus had been born in a humble inn, with a
bustling innkeeper’s wife to wipe her brow,
We would think that joy only came to us when we
pay someone to meet our needs and ensure our comfort.

But Jesus was born in a stable with only Joseph attending
so that we could understand that incomprehensible
joy finds a home in the midst of stench, sin-soiled sadness and the
darkest night the world can fling at us.

A mighty king making a statement of hope to a world
full of hate, prejudice, uncertainty and sin.
Vulnerable and helpless—born in a stable to
show us the Way begins with Him.

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • Love that we used the same verse in the same version!! What wonderful reasons you have shown us for the reason Jesus came to us as a baby in a stable. Love this post! xoxo
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    • Isn’t that awesome?! When I saw yours, I thought, “Great minds…” ;). I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season with lots of grandkid time 🙂

  • Anita, what a beautiful poem! And so true–Jesus’ birth is everything I need to cling to in my deepest moments of need. Thank you for sharing!
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    • Thanks, Asheritah :). I’ve been thinking a lot about the reasons Jesus came the way he did (and it helps me remember that when I don’t understand something happening in my life–it’s because I don’t get the big picture yet).

  • It’s amazing how God chose to send His Son to the humblest of beginnings, to become the savior of all, isn’t it?
    Jen @ Growing in Faith recently posted…Five Minute Friday: AdoreMy Profile

    • Absolutely! It gets me every time I ponder the perfectness of his plan.

  • Yes!!! I loved this post. Joy does come. I’m reminded of the words of Psalm 30:5 “Weeping may come for the night but joy comes with the morning.”
    Tara recently posted…O Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ the Newborn KingMy Profile

    • I love that verse :). Joy doesn’t come on demand–but it comes no matter the circumstances!

  • Amen!
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  • I love this! I can see this as a storybook even, with the pictures illustrated…oh wow! I seriously need to try to read this to my oldest and see how he reacts! I LOVE the various pictures you paint, humor there too. Very creative. Very true! Love this…seriously one of my fave posts!!
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    • Oh, let me know how he responds! And thank you for your sweet, encouraging words :).

  • Not only Joseph, but the animals, as well.

    They know. They care. And they never fell.
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    • We are so blessed with animal companions, aren’t we?!

  • So poetic and profound. You have such an amazing gift and I’m always inspired by your words… and your heart. Beautiful post! And this is for my journal: Christmas “…so that we could understand that incomprehensible joy finds a home in the midst of stench, sin-soiled sadness and the darkest night the world can fling at us.”
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    • Thank you for your sweet encouraging words, Karen!

    • Yes, this is the line that really jumped out at me: incomprehensible
      joy finds a home…
      beautifully put. Thank you.
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      • Thank you for stopping by, Ruth! Merry Christmas!

  • Anita, this is beautiful. All of it. Enough said.
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  • I really like this, and I agree! We so often confuse joy with comfort, and/or that we can’t have joy without that comfort. Thanks for writing this!

    Have a wonderful Christmas, Anita!
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    • Thank you, Melissa. And yes, I’ve been known to confuse comfort with joy–a lot! May you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!

  • Beautiful !!! All I can say.
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  • As ever, you bring substantial food for my journey, friend! I am grateful that our paths have intersected often in these recent months.

    Christmas blessings and hugs.
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    • Thank you for your kind words, Linda :). Have a wonderful Christmas!

  • This is wonderful, Anita. Simply lovely and true and pure and… in only five minutes! Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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  • Laura

    Beautiful poem! I love how you focus on each of the ways Jesus’ birthplace and circumstances were perfect.

  • Wonderful, Anita! Love the progression you take in why Jesus came to us in simplicity. So true and I’m so thankful.
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  • O! come let us ADORE Him for all the reasons above! Amen!
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  • Very creative points you bring up and I love the imagery you create.
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  • Simple beautiful and spot on! I’ll be sharing this lovely post, friend. So poetic! Again, I connect to your writing and your hope-filled heart. Much love.

    • Thank you for your kind words, Julie! Have a wonderful Christmas a many moments to ponder and treasure these things in your heart :).

  • Sandra

    He came in such a way that we could learn that happiness isn’t about money and material things… He is the only foundation of everything. Thank you Anita for your words!

  • This is beautiful! I have felt so strongly this year that we have lost the true reason for the season, but we serve a God who was able to put a giant star in the sky to lead people to him. Have a merry Christmas!
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    • It’s so easy to get caught up in the commercial and forget the main event, isn’t it?