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Listen while you read: "O Come All Ye Faithful"1 (Lyrics)
Luke 2:10-11 – But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." (NIV)
Monday was around the corner, and we were broke. If we didn't pay, life would change drastically.
Christmas was near, and times were tough. My wife and I had one part-time job between us. Income wasn't sufficient for the bills — at present, vehicle insurance. Without it, we couldn't drive.
Our church was heavily involved in Christmas activities, one of which was giving cards. We slowly pulled ours from the rack one Sunday, secretly praying that God would provide. Snugly tucked inside one card was a one-hundred-dollar bill. Our insurance payment was $97.00!
God answered our prayer, and from an unsuspecting couple. The husband later told me that they had had a strong feeling that we needed that exact amount. Little did they know why — until I told him. We received our Christmas miracle.
What's little to some is much to others, and miracles often come from unexpected sources.
The world's predicament in Jesus' time wasn't much different than ours — broke, in need of immediate attention, and seemingly beyond repair — until God stepped in with some miracles: allowing His Son to take on human flesh, and engineering His sinless birth through a virgin.
A noted political figure would have seemed a more appropriate person to announce Jesus' birth to, but God chose lowly shepherds. After visiting the child, they announced the Christmas miracle to everyone they met.
Jesus began earthly life as a baby, but His contribution was more than anyone could imagine, for later, He accepted the penalty for the world's sins on Calvary's cross.
God has a habit of throwing in a miracle at our last minutes: when we've exhausted all means of fixing our dilemmas, when the nights are darkest, and we can't imagine facing another day. And when He does, it's always exactly what's needed. Let us each trust God for our miracles!
Prayer: Merciful God, thank You for the miracle of Christmas — a birth designed to redeem us. Amen.