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Monday, December 22, 2008

***{All the others}***

Who else plays a role in the birth of Christ? I've posted about Mary and Joseph, the Shepherds and the Wisemen, who else is there? There are others that are a part of this story too.

There is Simeon (Luke 2:26), he is promised that he would not die until he saw Jesus Christ. So when Mary brought the Christ child to the temple, he knew that when he saw the face of that infant, he was looking into the face of his Savior. The same goes for Anna as well (Luke 2:36), she heard and believed the prophesies about the Savior. When he was brought to the temple she "spake of him to all them that looked for a redemption in Jerusalem" (Luke 2:39) Again, like all the others, what faith they had.

During the time when Christ was born it was not a custom thing for men to help in delivering babies. So I wonder if there where other women there helping Mary deliver her infant. Did they know that this child would grow to save the world? To redeem us all from the fall? To break the bonds of death? Did they know that he was born to die for us?

There were many other people around during this time. When they saw Joesph, and Mary carring her child, is that all they saw? Or could they feel that this baby was special? That he would walk on water? Raise the dead? Heal the blind, and the deaf? Were they aware enough to feel the spirit that surrounded him?

I hope that during this time of year {and really all year long} we are willing to search out our Savior. Preparing ourselves to meet him, as Simeon and Anna did. And I hope we can be aware of His spirit when it is near us. And that when He comes again we will know Him.

{picture by Greg Olson}


momma said...

thank you for stopping by my site!

i've read your Christmas posts. very interesting. i've always wondered, too, if mary had any help other than joseph in the stable.

Joanne said...

Wow, I've never actually thought of these things. Something to think about...

Thanks for leaving me a comment.

Camie said...

That's my favorite Christmas picture! I absolutely love it.

Whitney said...

How wonderful! What a good conclusion to your posts about those involved with the birth of Christ. I never thought about WHO exactly helped Mary deliver, but I would hope that she had some female support!

Congrats on James' sucess on riding a two-wheeled bike! That's big news!! And I'm very proud of you for making sure he has a helmet on!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Christine Rowley said...

Thanks for the thoughts on Christmas! I've enjoyed reading them. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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