When You Want To Behold His Glory

When You Want To Behold His Glory

December 2, 2015

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14 (NIV)

When our fourth child arrived at Christmastime nearly a decade ago, no one was more excited to welcome a 7-pound miracle into our family than our firstborn, Lukas.

Though he loved his little sisters, 8-year-old Lukas had long yearned for a brother. He’d wished for one each year when he extinguished his birthday candles with a breathy blast, and he’d plead every night when he closed the day in prayer.

"Dear Jesus, can I PLEASE have a brother?"

He spent years waiting and wishing, pleading and petitioning, and finally, a week before those stockings on the mantle brimmed full, God answered his prayer with a brown-haired bundle of joy.

As we settled into our new routine as a family of six, I wondered how I would manage to appease all the eager hands vying to hold the baby. Surely the proud big brother would try to trump his sisters’ rocking-chair time.

But I soon learned that the pace of my 8-year-old’s life didn’t lend itself to sitting and cuddling, swaying and snuggling. There were snow forts to build and Legos to assemble, spelling words to master and math facts to learn.

Lukas left his little sisters to fight over "holding rights." When the sun was shining he remained content to merely smile at his baby brother as he sped by in pursuit of his next activity.

But when the noise of the day grew hushed and the girls were tucked snug in their beds, when the toys were returned to the closet and the snow boots were lined on the rug, my firstborn would sidle up to the rocking chair where I sat with his wish-come-true.

Then, before he climbed into his top bunk and pulled the covers to his chin, he’d ask, "Can I be holding the baby now?"

With a nod, I’d place our tiny bundle into his arms and watch as my eldest fixed his baby blues on his sleepy-eyed brother. Holding him. And beholding him.

One night as Lukas rocked the baby in wordless wonder, I asked him why he always waited until the day’s end to hold his brother.

"Mommy," my son said with a sigh, "it’s just easier to be holding the baby when my feet are slowed down."

Our "baby boy" won’t be snoozing through the holiday hoopla in his brother’s arms this year. (Chances are, he’ll be challenging him to a backyard race or trying to wrestle him to the ground in the light of our twinkling tree). But even though I won’t be making room for a cradle beneath those evergreen boughs, I will still search for ways to make room for a manger in the middle of our Christmas mayhem.

Because at the heart of this sacred season is a Baby who is the answer to all of our prayers.

Our key verse tells us, "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us and we have seen His glory." God wrapped Heaven’s Hope in wrinkled skin and splintered wails and invited us to draw near to His gift of grace.

More than parties and pageants, gleaming lights and tinseled trees, Christmas is an invitation to savor the gift of our stable-born Savior and let the wonder of His love meet the deepest longings of our hearts.

But be warned: Not everyone spies His splendor.

If we want to see His glory, we need to slow our stride and still our souls. ’Cause according to the wisdom of an awe-struck 8-year-old, it’s just easier to "be-holding" the Baby when our feet are slowed down.

Dear Jesus, Please slow my feet so I can see Your glory this Christmastime and always. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Matthew 1:23, "‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel’ — which, when translated, means, ‘God with us.’" (AMP)

Luke 2:11-12 "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
If you want to enter into the wonder of the Christmas story, take time to savor Liz Curtis Higgs’ The Women of Christmas.

Stop by Alicia Bruxvoort’s blog today for more encouragement and for a free printable that will help you make room for the manger.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Take time to read the Christmas story in Luke 2. Ask Jesus to show you something new in His story to ignite fresh awe as you consider His birth.

Cultivate a childlike heart of wonder this week. Do something you enjoyed doing at Christmastime as a child.

© 2015 by Alicia Bruxvoort. All rights reserved.

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  1. Donna Sloan says:

    Wonderful devotions!

  2. I had this situation with my older daughter who was our first and only, for 12 long years. Every birthday wish, Santa request, wishing well/ fountain penny throw, and prayer included the request for a brother or sister. Oh, in the busyness of life with its ebb and flow, its ups and downs, I could long continually for more Jesus like that. As I read earlier today, “We must hush the hurrying of December to truly remember and behold ( be- holding/ your words) the true Reason for the Season-Jesus.” Even God reminds us to be still so that we might know He is God. Thanks for such a timely reminder.

  3. Nothing changes q household like a baby. Infants interrupt our routines, rearrange our schedules and light up our lives. No wonder God came to earth as a baby.

  4. Roberta Brown Cooper says:

    The story of your Lukas and the correlation to beholding God’s glory when I learn to slow down blessed me.

    This is what I have been seeking moat recently, being still and allowing His presence to take complete control. Thank you.

  5. What a beautiful play on words! A beautiful reminder of the way we must set the pace, in order to celebrate Christmas the way it was meant to be. May GOD’S richest of blessings be yours!

  6. Teresa Sutton says:

    Powerful analogy….Thank You!

  7. Beautiful truth swaddled in beautiful words! Thank you!

  8. Sherrell McFadden says:

    I read your devotions every weekday all touching me in some way . This one is so powerful and a reminder to stop my feet and hold my precious Jesus! Thank you for this devotion and your ministry .

  9. This touched my heart this morning. Thank you so very much for this devotional. I’ll listen to Luke 2 this morning.

  10. What a powerful lesson from a child! I pray we all slow our feet and lives to behold the wonder of Jesus this Christmas 🙂

  11. Indeed, there is nothing to compare with a still moment beholding Jesus!

  12. Cheryl Robinson says:

    Just beautiful!

  13. Loved this devotion!!

  14. Thank you for this devotional today. It was just what I needed to read. To slow my feet down and behold His wonder.

  15. Your son’s comment brought tears to my eyes. Our children are so precious and wise. Thank you for sharing this devotional. It goes right along with the sermon at my church last Sunday.

  16. Shannon K says:

    How profound “More than parties and pageants, gleaming lights and tinseled trees, Christmas is an invitation to savor the gift of our stable-born Savior and let the wonder of His love meet the deepest longings of our hearts.” Thanks for such a valuable and heartwarming devotion Alicia!

  17. The story of your baby struck a chord within me. We recently welcomed our 3rd grandchild into the world. The sad thing was we lost my mother to heaven 1st. Even thou I will miss her this Christmas, I will be able to hold this new grandson and see Jesus in him. God is indeed wonderful. I will try to see His gift every day of this new year.

    • Oh, Barbara, life is so bittersweet. I and sorry for your loss and thrilled for your gain. May your third grand baby bring a whole new joy to Christmas this year. And may God be near to your heart as you miss your mom.

  18. I absolutely love this. One of the best devotions ever.

  19. A beautiful writing today. Thank you. I am so glad I read all the way through to the suggestions as they were all perfect. life is moving at warp speed. I wil conciuoy slow down and help my busy family to also. I needed to hear everything you said today. Thank you for being so in tune and sharing.

  20. I loved this! Tears are still running down my cheeks.
    “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us and we have seen His glory.” God wrapped Heaven’s Hope in wrinkled skin and splintered wails and invited us to draw near to His gift of grace.

  21. I will read this chapter and I know that God always has something fresh everytime we read his Word. Sometimes we must read again what we study about because each time it gives a different understanding. This morning, while I was getting ready my son asked about the Christams Tree which we have not put up. I told him maybe this evening. And this gave me an opportunity to talk to him about Christmas and we talked about God on our way to work and school. This week as we put up the tree I will make a goal to tell the story about Jesus and this time talk about his purpose on earth. My son knows he was born and he died on the cross for us but I do believe he needs to hear more about what he accomplish on earth.

  22. Hello Darla,
    I love the way you write.

  23. Your words touched my heart today. Thank you for sharing this.

  24. Judy Shantie says:

    I so enjoyed your devotional and the was you compared it to the dirty of our
    Lord. Unfortunately Christmas has become a sales gimmick instead of celebrating the Lord’s birth. Thank you for sharing. Judy

  25. Judy Shantie says:

    I so enjoyed your devotional and the was you compared it to the birth of our Lord. Unfortunately Christmas to many is all about gifts and not about Jesus. Thank you for sharing. Judy

  26. Louise Halliday says:

    That is so beautiful. Thank you.

  27. Very sweet. Thank you for sharing.

  28. HOPE. Heaven’s HOPE. I love the way it was put in this sharing. Heaven’s Hope in human skin. Thank you Jesus for taking on human skin to give us the HOPE and PROMISE of heaven with you one day!

  29. Thank you for a beautiful word. May God bless your family.

  30. Chinaemerem Precious says:

    For a young girl sééking to know the Lord,this is a déep spiritual truth.

  31. What a beautiful story and a wonderful reminder. Thankful for this today! ☺️

  32. Love this!

  33. Beautiful.
    There is so much wonder in the words of our children. Thanks for sharing yours.

  34. This was FANTASTIC! I’ve retold this to many people so I decided to write a post on my blog about it with a link to your blog and this post. Thank you for this wonderful story!
    http://chairsfromthecurb.blogspot.com/2015/12/beholding.html

  35. Barbara Rumsey says:

    Can I use your son’s reply in the Christmas cards I send out this year?

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