“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11 NIV – Article written by Skip Hedgpeth
On Christmas Eve in 1972, I received a special gift. It was a handmade patchwork quilt made by my sweet grandmother, “Nanny.” It was no ordinary quilt. It was made with bright colored patches and each stitch was sewn with love. In the middle of the quilt, in big handwork stitches, Nanny wrote, “Christmas 1972, To Skipper, Always Remember, Nanny.”
The quilt was lovely. I still have it today. What I cherish most, though, are my Nanny’s words and the knowledge that she made it with love and gave it especially “To Me!”
On that first Christmas Day in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to a baby boy. No birth is ordinary. This one, however, was extraordinary! Mary’s baby boy was the long awaited Savior, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Lord. Now, as if that is not special enough, this story gets even better. Jesus was born into the family of Mary and Joseph: however, the stunning announcement of the angels reveals that the infant Savior is a gift of God and is given “To You.”
“To You.” These two little words are the true miracle of Christmas! God loves you so much that He sent His Son to you. You have a personal Savior. He is yours and you are His. He is with you right now. He has promised that He will never leave you.
2020 has been a rough year for many. I hope 2021 is better for us all. But, whatever comes your way in the new year, Always Remember you have been given a special gift. He was made by God and announced by Angels, but, He was given, “To You.” He knows you. He loves you. You are never alone.
Skip Hedgpeth, Chaplain