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Hi Everyone, I pray that you, at this very moment, are experiencing the presence of God in your day. Now is a good time to be still and let God speak to your heart.
Can You Here the Baby Crying?
“…the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her first born son; and she wrapped Him in a blanket, and laid Him in a feeding trough because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6-7
If we didn’t know the rest of the story this would seem like any other birth. We would likely feel some compassion for the mom, dad and baby because of the unfortunate circumstances that kept them from a nice room at the inn. Otherwise this looks all uncountable other births which have taken place, before and since. There are some other unrecorded attestations to the ordinary nature of the event that we can infer as well. Mary went through labor; Joseph was likely a bit nervous, the preparation was less than fully sanitary. Another safe assumption we can make is, when the baby was born he was pinched or slapped on the bottom to make him cry. Like all babies prior and since the baby needed to take his first breath and let out a cry. But, Oh, what a cry! I imagine the heavens listening, angels with ears alert waiting, and when they heard the cry saying, “He has done what He said He was going to do. He has gone to be among those who he created. He has begun the movement of salvation He promised many years ago though the prophets.
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. NRS Isaiah 9:6
Then I imagine the angels saying, “Let’s go, we have work to do, and a great message to deliver.” The babies cry has summoned the angelic realm to deliver the good news. As the angel said to the shepherds…
I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. NRS
The babies cry mobilized the heavenly messengers to bring the good news. It is also a call to all humanity from Jesus Christ who is saying, “Come to me.” This is a cry that the shepherds heard through the angels, it is a cry that the Magi heard as the babies cry lifted up a guiding star of light. It is a cry that never ended, continuing to this very day. Jesus said often “Come and See” (John 1:39; 46 as well as John 4:29) and “Come to me all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, also see Matthew 19:14; John 6:37; 65; 7:37).
The babies cry, the Messiah’s cry, has never stopped. You and I are, at this very moment, being called to come. The infants cry that summoned the heavens and calls out to all humanity is calling us today, this very moment. If you listen with your heart you will hear it. Stop and listen. Be open, non-defensive and in the moment. Hear the Messiah’s cry and be open to hear Christ the Lord calling you to come to Him this Christmas day. Can you hear the baby crying to you, deep in your heart, to come and rest in God’s sacred peace, joy and love? Can you hear the baby crying?
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Coming in 2017
Enneagram Training Courses
Introduction to the Enneagram Seminar
A Six hour seminar,
February 18th, 9:30-3:00,
1 hour break from 12:00nonn to 1:00pm
At Epworth UMC
7651 Johnson Street
Hollywood, Florida, 33024
During this seminar we offer the following as an introduction the amazing enneagram.
The Three Part Symbol and Its Nine Points
Body, Heart, and Head
Initial Exploration Into Discovering Your Space
Subtypes (Self-Preservation, Social and One-to-One)
Arrows (growth through stress points and healing the child heart)
Self-care (vice to virtues)
Cost for this seminar is $25 prepaid before February 1st
and $35 after February 1st
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 321-298-8801
for further details.
Community Bible Experience
This is an encounter with God’s Word designed for those who wish to experience the Scriptures at a deep heart level, as a way to inner transformation.
Coming in the summer of 2017
The Gospel of John
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