This Christmas

It’s the Christmas season. Celebration is happening all around us! Trees are decorated, and the malls are crowded. Calendars are full of parties and kid’s plays at school. Christmas music streams everywhere we go. Churches are telling the story of Jesus! 
We hear of Mary and Joseph, who chose to follow God and trust Him. Mary, a virgin pregnant with the Son of God! And Joseph, who agrees to marry her and raise this child. 
We know of them traveling many miles to Bethlehem for the Roman Census. We see that there are no rooms available and we cringe when we think of her giving birth in lowly circumstances. But, we rejoice when the heavens sing, and the shepherds come to worship this little child. 
The Christmas story gets me every single time! Just hand me a box of Kleenex and leave me alone to cry! 
But, for me, the Christmas story doesn’t start with Mary and Joseph. It doesn’t even start with the prophets, who told of His coming. For me, it starts in Matthew 1. 
“This is the family history, the genealogy, of Jesus the Anointed, the coming King. You will see in this history that Jesus is descended from King David, and that He is also descended from Abraham.” (The VOICE)

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The story of Jesus begins many generation before. It begins with a man named Abraham, who served God and headed to the Promised Land. When Abraham entered into covenant with God, he opened the door for the Savior to be born. 
Matthew 1 is the ancestory.com of our Lord and Savior Jesus. And some of those ladies had a history! 
Tamar disguised herself as a prostitute and slept with her Father-in-Law. 
Rahab was a well-to-do prostitute in Jericho. 
Ruth wasn’t even a Hebrew! She wasn’t a descendent of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. How did she sneak in? 
And, finally, we have Bathsheba. The woman who had an affair with King David, got pregnant, agreed to trick her husband, was a co-conspirator in his death, then lost the baby. 
These ladies are not even your “good” sinners. And, they are right there in the middle of the greatest plan ever made. 
See, I don’t think God made a mistake here. I believe He purposefully chose these imperfect women for His perfect plan. He didn’t want His Son to only come for certain people, the “real” believers. He sent His Son to come for all of us imperfect people because He has a perfect plan for us! 
Perhaps, Momma, money is tight this season and you can’t buy your kids much of anything to put under the tree. Maybe you have to celebrate Christmas alone, while the kids are with their dad. The stress of the season can try and rob you of the joy that Christmas holds! The joy of a Savior that was born to bring us back into fellowship with our Heavenly Father! 
So, as you go through this Christmas season, instead of seeing all your inadequacies and failures, look at what God does with them! Look at what He has in store for you! You momma, were chosen to parent those kids! He chose you and He chose them. Just trust Him and soon, you’ll be able to look back and see just how God is using it all for a greater plan! Never let go of that! 
And have a Merry Christmas!! 
 

Gwendolyn Irene

www.gwendolynirene.com