Sunday, December 17, 2006

It's a Wonderful Life ....a classic film

This story, which I got to watch for probably the 100th time, was once again on TV tonight.

Most people know the story starring Jimmy Stewart, as George Bailey, who after having his world cave in on him, contemplates suicide but ends up meeting an Angel, by the name of Clarence, who allows George to see what his world would be like if he had never been born...of how lives he has touched, would be so very different.

Usually as I watch this film I always find myself pondering on my own life and wondering if I had made a difference in anyone's life for the better: I think that comes with age.

My thoughts were taken this time though to the Life of Jesus, pondering on his birth we celebrate at this Christmas season, his life as a baby, and his controversial years in ministry, when he was hated by so many he walked among, ....

And instead of wondering what it would be like if I hadn't been born, like our friend George Bailey, I wondered what it would be like if Jesus had never taken on flesh and come down from on high to be born as a helpless baby 2000 years ago, all to save mankind, to take our place on that cross, and bleed and die for us, offering the one and only perfect sacrifice, himself, for sinful men, and women;...that's you and me, by the way.

I can't imagine, and don't want to think about what my life would be like today without Jesus.

I also pondered tonight while watching that film, what Mary's life was like...what she thought during those months while carrying the Son of God. And what she must have pondered on during the next 33 years, watching him stumble and fall as a young child, grow into a teen, work along side Joseph in the carpentry shop, enter into His ministry, be loved by a few and hated by others...and ultimately die on that cross.

Wonder if she questioned things in her heart or knew why?

Just sharing my thoughts ...

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy
Would someday walk on water?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
That your baby boy
Has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered
Will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy
Has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby
You've kissed the face of God.
The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb

Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will one day rule the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy
Is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding
Is the Great I Am

*to listen-

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