During this advent season as I read my devotionals, Scripture references and listen to Pastor’s messages to prepare my heart for the celebration of Christ’s birth this Christmas there is one aspect that continues to catch my attention. Jesus Christ was not born at a spa-like hospital with His own sweet and birthing room but in a manger. Jesus Christ didn’t take his first slumber in the luxury of a crib from the name brand store you prefer to shop at but instead, he lay in a feed trough. Nestled and warm. Loved and blessed.
Five years ago I followed the Holy Spirit’s leading and chose to be baptized again. I was first baptized at the age of fifteen, alongside of my sister at the Catholic Church in Mexico, New York. Yet after accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior I realized I had been baptized for all the wrong reasons so I decided to be baptized again. This time, full submersion.
In front of my church, family, and friends the pastor baptized me in a feeding trough full of ice cold water. Thankfully the ladies at church were ready with warm towels and wrapped me in both the warmth of the towel and their love. The minimal seconds underwater were amazing and felt like minutes.
If those few seconds beneath the cold water of baptism in the feed trough are even a sneak-peak into the peace and beauty of eternity with Jesus...wow! I missed the hidden blessing until now, anyone can be baptized in the lake, a pool, or a baptismal tub
One of the greatest gifts you can give God, others, and yourself this advent season is time with in prayer, thanksgiving, and admiration of Jesus – the reason for the preparation and excitement.
Set aside some time this week and read the first non-fiction story of Christmas:
· Matthew 1:18 – 2:23
· Luke 2:1 - 39
Do you have a favorite advent tradition you would like to share? A favorite devotional or Scripture reading plan? Feel free to share in a comment below.
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323