There Goes The Neighborhood

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57c8e704fe86522c1849573cdd8c32e9Kevin, Maria and I went to a Christmas dance recital last weekend, and something that the emcee said…well, I just can’t seem to get it off of my mind!

He welcomed us all, but not just any welcome…it came from his heart, and he made no apologies for what he shared with us all.

When he said that Eugene Peterson got it right about the Christmas story, I sat up straight and was very interested in what he had to say.  You see, Peterson is best known for The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language.  The Message just happens to be my favorite version of the bible.

He told us that Christmas was so much more than presents or gifts.  Yes, I knew this…He said that Christmas was about God’s son, Jesus.  Yes, I knew this also…Sharing the passage from John was not what I was expecting to hear about the birth of Jesus…

“The word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.”  John 1:14  The Message

What’s so neat about all of this, is that for a couple weeks before I heard this passage at the recital,  I have been thanking God for sending His son that was born of flesh and blood.  I have been thanking God that Jesus walked on this earth and knows what it’s like for each of us to live this life we are living!  He knows our aches and pains.  He knows our sorrows and joys…He knows how we feel each and every second of each and every day!

Look who else was in the neighborhood…

“There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood.  They had set night watches over their sheep.  Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them….” Luke 2:8 The Message

The neighborhood wasn’t fit for a king, yet…The King of Kings moved right on in!

“So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding.  Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe ~ people and things, animals and atoms ~ get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood poured down from the cross.” Colossians 1:19-20 The Message

I am so thankful that Jesus moved into the neighborhood! He came as a tiny baby and gave His life for each and everyone of us!

Jesus is the reason for the season!  Merry Christmas.



The Author

Hey glad you dropped by! My name is Elizabeth Maxwell, but everyone knows me as "Beth." I am the wife to Kevin Maxwell of 38 years. We have 3 grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and our adopted daughter Maria. God laid on our hearts to experience an awesome journey in 2000, in adopting our special needs daughter, Maria Dean. God has truly been with us every step of the way on our journey. I live in the beautiful foothills state of Tennessee. I love my beautiful Tennessee home. From the foothills to the whippoorwills, God's beauty shines forth here. I love to laugh often. I enjoy old movies, reading books, and I love to sing in my award (Dove) winning choir at First Baptist Church! I love my sweet little job, working with Kindergartners...and yes "kids do say the darndest things!" I am encouraged by God's word and I love to dig into it. I am by no means a scholarly expert, but I do delight in His encouragement for me. I am a friend of God...after all, God's got my back! And not just my back - "He goes before me." (Deuteronomy 31:8) "He's right beside me." (Hebrews 13:5) and, "He surrounds me on every side." (Psalm 125:2) These verses remind me that I am not alone while traveling on this "Journey Called Life!" Won't you travel with me? My prayer is that you will be encouraged, and know that you are not alone on this journey called life!

1 Comment

  1. May we be good neighbors and introduce Jesus to others! (Good to hear from you again. Praying that your Christmas was filled with beautiful memories and a building excitement for God’s blessings in 2016!)

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