At Christmas we celebrate Christ coming into the world. He came in the most humble of circumstances, with a few common shepherds gathered around. But, while simple in appearance, the birth was the single most important birth in the history of the world! Simple, but perfect.
On a cold, windy day, in an old cemetery way out in the country, my old friend Steve left this world in a humble graveside service surrounded by less than a dozen people. We sang and prayed and the pastor told us about Steve’s strong faith and thankful heart, undeterred by his disabilities. And, because we knew that he had finally been released from his suffering here on Earth and was now strong and happy in Heaven, the service was a celebration. Simple, but perfect.
No human being who has ever lived on the face of the Earth, no matter how rich, has had a more perfect passing than my friend’s humble service. Because those attending knew for certain that he was in Heaven now and had seen the face of God.
Thank you Heavenly Father for Your Son, Jesus the Christ, who came into the world to save us sinners so that we could leave the world with the assurance that Jesus will welcome us at Heaven’s gate, put his arm around our shoulders and declare, “This is one of mine.”
Simple, but perfect.