He Was Born for the Lowly

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O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie…

I hadn’t given much thought to the significance of Bethlehem, until a couple of weeks ago. This is a busy day and our attention spans are short, so I’ll get right to the point.

In comparison to powerful and grand Jerusalem, Bethlehem was a small, lowly town. Yet the Messiah, the savior of the world, was born there. Not only that, he was born in a stable that bears little resemblance to the pretty ones we have with our nativity scenes. Most likely the stable was a cave under a house; it was smelly, and dirty, and manure was on the ground.

In this unlovely place, our savior was born.

Jesus was born in a lowly place, because he was born for the lowly. He was born for the broken. He was born for me – and you.

Not only that, he was born in the midst of the filth and he comes to us in the midst of our filth – our failures, our sin, our regrets.

What are the stables of our lives? Will we let Jesus come to us there or will we hold him off as we try to clean ourselves up?

I’m still pondering this. Special thanks to pastors Aaron Couch and Marty Solomon for this teaching.

We had a lovely Sunday. I have an early January birthday, so I’m sensitive to the fact that having a birthday near Christmas means it can get lost in the Christmas celebrations. For one day, we took the Christmas tablecloth off the table and left the Christmas dishes in the cupboard. I set the table with a blue tablecloth and our wedding china, and I have to say, it looked beautiful.

I made Katie’s mom’s recipe for Portugese Soup (thank you, Susan). Beza and Annarose made foccacia bread to go with it and  Eby helped me make thick, chocolate frosting for the cake. When the birthday celebration was done, we watched White Christmas. I had never seen it before; can you believe that?

After the older kids left, we gathered our younger crew and read Jotham’s Journey. It was a good end to the weekend.

Today I’m taking Beza to an appointment and then making a very quick run to Costco. We still have a gingerbread house to decorate, cookies to bake, loads of presents to wrap, and cards to put in the mail. All in all, it seems nearly manageable.

What does your day hold?

P.S. One more quick thing. Today is the last day to order gifts from Amazon with Prime shipping and have them arrive in time for Christmas. We gave Katie the beautiful Secret Garden coloring book for her birthday. She likes to color with the kids (did you know that coloring is very relaxing?) and this is a beautiful book.

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Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

9 Comments

  1. Barb Horst
    December 22, 2014

    We are also glad you recommended Jotham's Journey. I do skip over some of the descriptive words in the scariest parts since our 6 yr old can be easily triggered by them. It's so amazing how this story has fit right in with some of the struggles our family is going through! Blessings!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 22, 2014

      That's great, Barb! Next year we should all do the next one in the series.

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  2. Lisa Qualls
    December 22, 2014

    I'm so glad you are liking it, Shelley! We are loving it too. I love the suspense and adventure of the story.

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  3. Susan
    December 22, 2014

    "What are the stables of our lives? Will we let Jesus come to us there or will we hold him off as we try to clean ourselves up?" Lisa, these questions are so important, especially for those of us who need to be in charge and feel like failures when the outcome of a situation isn't what we intended at all! Too often I don't recognize or accept God's grace for the free gift that it is. Thank you for putting words to my never-ending struggle 🙂

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 22, 2014

      I'm so glad this was helpful. There were two sermons that brought this together for me. The first was two weeks ago and it stuck with me.

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  4. rebecca
    December 22, 2014

    So many stables right now. Thank you for this simple message. Lord, please come clean the many stables of my heart. Take away the ugly I'm harboring and make all things new.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 22, 2014

      I pray that God will answer the prayer of your heart. Blessings to you, Rebecca.

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  5. Shellie
    December 23, 2014

    We are reading Jotham's Journey as well…per your suggestion…THANK YOU…THANK YOU…THANK YOU!!! There has been no problem getting our family to the table at night to read…great story line with awesome thought provoking questions for all. We can't help but say O' Come Emmanuel!! Merry Christmas to the Qualls

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 24, 2014

      We are behind, but enjoying Jotham's Journey so much. Next year we should all read Tabitha's Travels, or one of the other Advent books by the same author! Have a merry Christmas, Shellie!

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