Rev. Dana Porter Ashton
Who Is This Baby, You Ask...?
Recently I was listening to the song, “Someday At Christmas” by Stevie Wonder and as I listened, my heart got a little sad.
First, I think I got sad because I started missing my Daddy. For those who didn’t know him, Christmas was my father’s favorite time of the year. In fact, he loved it so much, he chose to go be with the Lord right after Christmas almost 11 years ago. He taught us to celebrate the season and to remember Jesus. He taught us to be childlike and enjoy the season. He taught us to pull folks in, especially those who feel alone. Yeah. I miss him.
The next reason my heart got sad is because although Stevie recorded this song in 1967, it still rings true. We’re still waiting for hate to be gone and love to prevail. Over 40 years later, we’re still searching for a land with no hungry children and no empty hands.
I must admit, I was really beginning to get down and then the Lord did something. He sent me to Isaiah 9:6-7, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”
Now, I don’t know if that made your heart happy or not, but it did for me and let me tell you why. Just to know that in spite of Stevie singing that song, in spite of the government separating families, in spite of the ball of confusion of life, in spite of what our eyes no longer see and our hearts no longer expect, in spite of impeachment proceedings and elections, in spite of it all….GOD sent a Baby to give us life. He sent a Baby to lift out hopes. He sent a Baby to jolt us back to life.
Who is this baby you ask?
He is the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. He’s the Rose of Sharon, the Rock in a weary land, and a Bridge over troubled waters. He’s a Heart Fixer and a Mind Regulator. He’s the Stone that the builders rejected and the One Who orders your steps.
So, for this last edition of the Women In Ministry Words of Encouragement for 2019, let me leave you with this….May your Christmas Season be filled with so much love, joy, peace, and happiness you can barely contain yourself and it all bubbles over into the lives of others. May you have no drama or chaos, unless somebody is healed in the process, and even then, the drama/chaos not last more than an hour. May the Lord heal your broken heart as you celebrate Christmas without your loved one for the first or the fiftieth time. May a song raise up from your belly when you wake up with the excitement of a child on Christmas morning (or tomorrow morning if that’s what you need). May you never forget that you ARE loved….God loves you and so do I!
See you in February at the WIM Retreat and Winter Meeting in North Carolina.