from the desk of…A child is born

By Carolyn Knaggs, Commissioner

The Knaggs family is greatly anticipating the arrival of a new baby boy. This little guy has been on our minds for almost nine months; we cannot wait to see his tiny face. Jaden Michael will be our fourth grandchild, the second grandson. These are great days of wonder and excitement as we pray and ponder what his new life will develop into.

We are making it a priority of our family that he will know about Jesus. We will all help to teach manners, good grooming, and how to play nice. It is always thrilling to be with someone who has a whole life of potential in front of him. As a grandmother, I want to be able to show love and laughter, and to encourage his new mind to look to Jesus. We’ve learned in our family that this is the only way to find true contentment.

As we enter the blessed Christmas season, I am reminded of Simeon, in Luke 2, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Bible says, The Holy Spirit was upon him. It was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Can you imagine such a confirmation from the Spirit?

So, one day, Simeon was moved by the Spirit of God to go into the temple courts. When Jesus’ parents brought the child to Simeon, this saint of God took the Son of Man into his arms and praised God by saying:“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel” (Luke 2:29-32 NIV).

Mary and Joseph marveled about what was said about their son. God’s promises were prophesied for generations and finally, just eight days after the announcement to the shepherds when the angels declared, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11), this gentle man of God saw the face of the Savior.

As a child of God myself, I too am looking forward to the day when I will look into the Savior’s face and declare my story, which is “saved by grace.” Jesus, the Son of God, born to set me free, one day will call me into his presence where I will praise him face to face.

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