Sunday, December 7, 2014

Manger Throne

Happy December! I really can't believe December is here already. Have I been here for four month? That can't be. But my calendar, and the Christmas lights at he neighbor's house across the street, and the handmade paper snowflakes and Christmas trees in the first grade classroom tell me that it is so. Christmas is almost here! I have always loved Christmas, but this Christmas will be an especially special time to spend with my family and friends who I haven't seen in so long.

So of course I've been getting in the Christmas spirit here in Honduras. Last night a group of the young single missionaries in Honduras gathered together at the Spanish Institute (where I take lessons) for a little white elephant party, which was so much fun. We even did some caroling for Mike and Barbe, the owners of the school, who also live there, and shot off some fireworks to close out the night.

Speaking of Christmas carols, I have had my Christmas playlist on repeat since it was socially acceptable (the day after Thanksgiving). I love all the traditional Christmas songs, but this week there was one non-traditional song by Third Day that just really reminded me of the spirit of Christmas. It's called "Manger Throne":

"What kind of King would leave His throne
In Heaven to make this earth His home?
While men seek fame and great renown
In lowliness our King comes down.

Jesus, Jesus precious one
How we thank you that you've come.
Jesus, Jesus precious one
A manger throne for God's own son.

You left the sound of angels' praise
To come for men with unkind ways.
And by this Baby's helplessness
The power of nations is laid to rest.

Jesus, Jesus precious one
How we thank you that you've come.
Jesus, Jesus precious one
A manger throne for God's own son.

What kind of King would come so small
From glory to a humble stall?
That dirty manger is my heart, too
I'll make it a royal throne for you."

How awesome is that song? Here on earth we strive for power and position and for people to notice us, yet our King left His power and position to come as a helpless baby for us. The message of this song humbles me so much. If God Himself came down to us in this way, who am I to try to be more than that? I even set this song as my alarm this week to put me in the right frame of mind each morning. My King is a servant, and therefore I am a servant, and whether that be to the people here in Honduras, or for the two weeks I'm back home in the States. I pray I don't lose that humble servant's mindset, and that we take a little extra time this season to make our dirty manger hearts into royal thrones for Him. May we say with Mary, "I am the Lord's servant. May everything you have said about me come true." (Luke 1:38)


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