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November 17, 2015, 12:00 AM

A Nugget From My Spiritual Journey-December 2015

  This year we got to attend the first ever Christmas Concert of the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony. Oklahoma Baptists DO love music…and our “own” musicians! We were not disappointed. The music was very beautiful, with many of the songs being sung for the first time in a performance anywhere, so we were their premier audience!

   As a musician myself, one would have thought that the music was my highlight of the evening. Although I thoroughly enjoyed all of it, sometimes even to the point of tears, I was amazed at what just quietly slipped in and blessed me. The music was “accompanied” by a video presentation that was simple and elegant and just…there. During one song in particular, we were treated to the very simple and silent scene on the screen of a tiny baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes. Why did this familiar scene grab my attention with such clarity this year?

   I don’t know. It just did. I was suddenly overwhelmed with the reality of the King of Kings leaving the glory of Heaven…entering Mary’s virgin womb…being born in a winter manger…being wrapped in cloth…and crying when hungry/wet/lonely/scared, like any baby would. As I looked at that tiny baby on the screen, playing the part of baby Jesus, I realized once again with startling clarity that Jesus Himself was not playing when He arrived here. It was overwhelmingly REAL for Him, all the way to the cross and the tomb. He came on purpose with a holy and loving focused purpose in His mind and heart every moment, from birth to death and then His glorious resurrection. Join me in just letting that sink into our hearts and minds.

   As we watch current world events spiral into depths of evil we have trouble comprehending, let us remember the singular purpose of Christmas…to bring forgiveness and life and hope and glory to all who will believe. When we wish each other “Merry Christmas” let us put feet to that and share the blessed truth of the Gospel with all whom we meet: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Me.”

   Marsha Cook


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