Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Savior



For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior,
which is Christ the Lord.

These words came to life for me tonight, straight from Linus's mouth and shot clean through to my heart.

That tiny baby, all wrinkly and roughed up, came to save me. That baby grew and loved and made heads spin. People talked about Him behind His back because He spent His time with Gutter people. He didn't give a rip. He saved. He saves. He didn't come to teach us to be nice. He didn't come so we'd have stories to tell our children. He came fierce and small. He came with the truth - that everything we believed was upside-down, and that He was the only One who could right it. He didn't come as a gladiator or a Lieutenant General. Not the Incredible Hulk or Spiderman. He came as a one-minute-old infant. To save.

I think of the way He's saved me and it makes me cry. He has saved me from my disgusting, sinful selfishness. He's saved my marriage. He's saved my son's life. He's saved my hope for a family. He's saved my children from being alone. He's ripped me out of greed and ignorance, He's saving me still.

Today, He saved me with an email. I read the words and my heart beat faster. I started to cry because I knew - it wasn't just an email. It was more than Times New Roman in an 11-point font. It was salvation. And it was all Him.

The baby was a Rescuer. A Savior.

So let Him save you tonight. Pay attention while He does it again. This season, it's the birth of salvation, of brand new Hope that we would never have been smart enough to ask for on our own.

51 comments:

  1. this is beautiful, and so very needed. merry christmas, my friend! Hope has come!

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  2. Wow.

    I had a rough day of sorts.

    In the grand scheme of life, my problems are small, but it still was kind of a craptacular day.

    I needed to hear this.

    Thanks FPFG.

    xoxo~

    TT

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  3. Oh I am beside myself over here.

    xxoo

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  4. oh, I do so love how eloquently Linus states that Truth. Grace in the form of a baby. and that, dear world, is what it's all about. thanks for the reminder.

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  5. Your words jump straight from the screen and stay on my heart forever. Just a few days ago, I heard the song "Mary Did You Know?", and my eyes welled up with tears as I thought of Mary carrying the life that would save the world. My husband and I will welcome our little boy this February, and we count ourselves eternally blessed to be given such a gift.

    Thank you for your words, your honesty, and your thoughtfulness.

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  6. what perfect words you chose (of course).

    so simple yet more than profound.

    and to think He was born in a barn. kind of makes me feel beyond ridiculous for wanting so much earthly comforts for myself. He's saving me from the American Dream. praise God for that.

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  7. I cry every time I watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and Linus quietly walks on stage and tells the truth. The Truth. Praise God for it.

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  8. beautiful: "He saved/s me ... let Him save you tonight". yes!

    thank you for this post.

    and thank you, Jesus!

    kathy

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  10. Yes! Thank you Jesus and Thank you FPFG for the reminder~ Amen & Blessings Kim

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  11. Wow...I loved this post. It stopped me dead in my tracks and Heaven knows, I have been running at full speed. Thank you, thank you, thank you I so needed to read that. Now my heart is beating faster...

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  12. This was so powerful. Every word of it. I have chills and a lump in my throat. And I wanted to quote the entire thing on my facebook status. :) Thank You, Jesus, for saving me from my mess.

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  13. Tonight in Bible Class (I teach the 4-5yr olds on Wed night) we talked about Jesus being arrested before he was crucified. I decided to read from the Jesus Storybook Bible to supplement the church curriculum. It's weird timing how we are covering this just before Christmas, but I found myself having a hard time reading the story. I wanted to cry--knowing that this tiny infant was to be born for this. It was the plan all along. And the plan was to save us.

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  14. Your words are perfect - so true, powerful, and beautiful. Letting it sink in a bit...His saving is huge and I don't want to forget about not even for a minute.

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  15. Raw truth does shoot straight to the heart doesn't it, and makes me cry too. This post is full of raw truth and I love it. Thank you wrapping your words so beautifully around the stark, glorious truth and letting it shine out-such an antidote to the wonky, shonky values of commercial 'xmas' all around us. Bx

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  16. This is wonderful! You have a lovely way with words that reaches the depths of hearts.

    Have a wonderful Christmas season.

    FlowerLady

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  18. "I needed this today" was what that last comment was supposed to say. Then my cat pounced onto the keyboard and it sent before I was finished!

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  19. amen!!!
    beautiful powerfulu words my friend

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  20. Beautiful, Shannan. He's beautiful.

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  21. preach it sista.....well put

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  22. It's so easy to take the most amazing love for granted. Thanks for a beautiful reminder.
    Jan

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  23. 2 things...Every time Linus reads that verse I become a blubbering mess. There is something about a cartoon child speaking truth. ...oh man! Thanks for writing this it is simply good and true.

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  24. Yep. He loves you for sure and reals.

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  25. At the center of the ages
    The Lord talks with a girl
    And by the words He speaks
    He gives a Savior to the world.

    Time grows to it's fullness
    Mary Son is born.
    The promises fulfillment
    Lies asleep now
    In her arms.

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  26. ...i am pretty sure i will get there first...but it is going to be so great knowing you in heaven...blessings and hugs and love and prayers laney

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  27. Thank you for reminding me. Everyone needs hope :-)

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  28. ...i am pretty sure i will get there first...but it is going to be so great knowing you in heaven...blessings and hugs and love and prayers laney

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  29. Oh my dear child. You say it so well and are so moving with your words and your life.
    xo

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  30. YES--again and again, and again and again, and...

    YES!

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  31. He left it all, for us, and we have no idea what all he did leave. I just want to soak up all he did and is continuing to do in our lives. We can't begin to understand that kind of love.
    Merry Christmas !! (No happy holidays here)

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  32. Love it. . . I was reading Luke to my kids during devotions this morning and kept crying out of thankfulness. God is so good to us, even though we don't and can't ever deserve it!
    -Shannon

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  33. Jesus didn't give a rip about people talking behind his back - I love that. Never thought about it that way. Thank you for your beautiful words.

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  34. Beautiful savior! - thanks for this post! Have a blessed Christmas!

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  35. Beautiful post! = F. Freeman/ Mississippi

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  36. I have been following you for awhile...but this is my first comment to you I think ...anyway, this is a great post! All of them are...but you're talking about my Savior in this one...so it's extra special! You are a talented gifted writer...you say what you have to say...in such a sweet "today" kind of way!

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  37. He's throwing us all a life raft through those words that you write. Thank you Shannan.

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  38. Wow. What an incredible thing to remember. I haven't commented on your blog before, but I ran across it one day (a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend recommended the blog, if I remember correctly!) and you always seem to post exactly what my heart needs to hear..What an amazing thing to remember, that our Savior was once just an infant in a manger. Remembering all the little ones I've held in my arms, it breaks my heart to remember this. But it also reaffirms my opinion that Life is the best gift that can be given.

    Thank you so much for this post. It really inspired me and made my night. :)

    -Audrey

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  39. Beautiful post :) SO important to remember this.

    p.s. thank you for your comment on our kitchen and your trashcan ;) made me laugh out loud, as you always do!

    Hope your holiday season is wonderful!

    p.p.s. I hope this comment doesn't post 15 times, it keeps giving me an error page when I try to post! lol

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  40. So, this is where I wish I wasn't playing catch-up. Because I could have benefited from reading this at the time. If you are thinking "maybe I should put Cheryl on my prayer list"...that would be nice. Pray that the icky tummy and beathing out of my chest heart will settle down.
    xo, Cheryl

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