What do you think of when you think of a new born baby? Peace and quiet, crying, sleepless nights, responsibilities, worry?
Probably all of those things apply don’t they. Mind you I guess Mary probably felt more scared and worried about her responsibilities as the mother of Jesus simply because he was God’s Son. That said, Mary accepted those responsibilities knowing that God would give her the strength and guidance she and Joseph needed to ensure the baby Jesus was looked after as God desired.
Will you accept all responsibilities God asks of you, no matter how unprepared you feel for the task?
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let God be your guide and support in all circumstances, happy or sad, because He loved you so much that He sent His Son to earth to save us, forever.
The following music is called The New-Born Babe and it’s performed here by the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army. It’s based around a 16th century chorale which J.S.Bach used in his Cantata No.122, ‘Das neugeborne Kinderlein’. In the notes for this arrangement, Bruce Broughton includes a translation by R. Rutledge of the words associated with this music:
There comes the true jubilee, what are we eternally lamenting? Look alive! It is a time for singing, for the Christ-child exorcises all sorrow.