As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Born to Die

We put our hearts into celebrating His coming...and it is a glorious reason to celebrate! Emmanuel. God with us. Yes, a reason to rejoice!

But do we pause to consider that He was born to die? The words to an old Lanny Wolfe song are playing in my mind...
Born to die on Calvary
Suffer shame and agony
All my sin to freely forgive
He was born to die that I might live.
Indeed Jesus said, “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.” John 12:27

So as we go about our celebrating, let us reflect on the reason He came. And be thankful for His sacrifice.


  1. Amen, Cheryl. I remember when I first came to the Lord, I was riding down Dagsboro Road one day and came upon a Christmas display that had a manger scene; and in back of that was a cross with the words "To This End Was I Born". It was powerful. And I have thought of that display every year since. And of His Sacrifice.

  2. Your entry is one I feel very deeply. In Luke 2:35, Simeon told Mary that "a sword will pierce even your own soul...". There's doubtless more in his statement than this, but the dying of her Son always comes to my mind.

    Thankfulness for His sacrifice seems like such a small thing, doesn't it?

  3. Yes.
    And pondering His death and sacrifice adds a tone of reverence to the celebrating.

  4. Cheryl,

    I found your blog through "Coffee Tea Books and Me" and the comment you left there. Bravo! You hit the nail right on the head with the scripture you left. I am most grateful that Mary was a willing servant and made a wonderful mother to our Lord. She was, however, just another human the same as you and me. She needed a Savior just as we do. Thank you also for your post on your own blog. I always think of the manger being in the shadow of the cross. We can't stop with the baby in swaddling clothes, but we have to travel on to the Messiah in the grave clothes. Then, praise Him, we get to the risen Lord of Lords. What a joy to discover your blog. I'll visit again.


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