“I don’t know how long I’m going to have you for, but I’ll be watching when you change the world. Look at your hands, they’re still so small. Someday you’re going to stretch them out and save us all. Noel, Noel. God with us, Emmanuel. You’re here, I’m holding you so near. I’m staring into the face of my Savior, King and Creator. You could’ve left us on our own, but you’re here.”
[Francesca Battistelli, You’re Here]
This is one of my favorite Christmas songs, as it is told from Mary’s point of view. How awestruck she must’ve been when she realized she was holding her Savior in her arms! I can only imagine how wonderful that moment must’ve been. I’m so glad God didn’t leave us on our own and instead sent his Son to save us. It is something we’ll never repay! I’m so grateful, now more than ever, for the gift of grace.
God must love us A LOT if He was willing to send His only son to save you & me (does John 3:16 ring a bell?). You’ll never find that kind of love here on earth. That is amazing love. Just like the song says, Jesus could’ve left us on our own. He didn’t have to come. He could’ve simply ignored mankind and its sin. But he loved us. He loves us.
I call that grace.
I’ve experienced grace on so many levels this past year. There have been times in this past year when I’ve made a fool of myself, when I’ve embarrassed myself, when I’ve put God aside and neglected my relationship with Him and instead of finding God with his back turned on me, his arms were reaching towards me, embracing me in His grace. I will never stop thanking God for grace. Grace is what fuels me to do everything I do for God, including Gabydoodles.
I’m so glad He’s here.
I hope you’ve experienced grace in this past year the way I’ve had and I hope you and I continue to experience it in this new year that’s quickly arriving. Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
P.S.: If you wanna read more about grace and what I’ve got to say about it, click here! Warning: bring your dancing shoes with you. You’ll need them.
- Gifts, Grace, and Christmas Morning (marccortez.com)
“This Christmas” by Traci Beeson