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Emily P. Freeman is a writer who creates space for souls to breathe. She is the author of four books, including her most recent release, Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World. She and her husband live in North Carolina with their twin daughters and twinless son.

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  1. Emily, I wish I could have come to that play with you! Faith like a child, that’s all we need. Sigh of relief in remembering that’s true, happy smile thinking of you.

  2. I experienced a children’s Christmas cantata without seeing it beforehand for the first time this year. Children presenting the gospel with their innocence and freshness. There’s nothing like it. Merry Christmas!

  3. The other day a friend made a batch of chocolates–two different kinds! The first was oh so good, and at the crunch of the spiced peanuts smothered in chocolate I went backwards to a period of my childhood. The faint taste reminded me of something good, but I couldn’t catch the memory. It was elusive, but it reminded me that in all the bad God brought good stuff to my life.

    Great blog…as usual.

  4. This is precious and true. I’ve never considered the irony of babies, how they bring out both wide-eyed wonder and utter helplessness in us. Your reflection here adds yet another wonderful dimension to Jesus as a baby and yet the Savior. How very awesome of God to rescue us with a baby. Thanks for sharing such beautiful wisdom with us, Emily. I hope you and yours enjoy a Christmas full of wonder and grace.

  5. “the beauty of weakness”… amen. i am continuing to learn though this year that without the ACHE we don’t have the HOPE of what it to come. Looking eagerly for the 2nd Advent.

  6. That babies reveal our weaknesses, as this Christmas baby does too. That is said in a way I’ve never heard, and I’ve been on this earth a good long while.

    And your question Emily?

    Amid the commotion, of full houses, or stores, or hearts, it’s been the silent times, by a Christmas tree at night all lights off, or outside a house all lit up all in blue lights, times that bring reflection and a glow on the inside that lingers when all the noise inevitably makes its way back. That’s what helps me remember.

    …and poor Joseph and Mary…

    Merry Christmas to you and yours

  7. So beautiful. This line is so important: “They don’t have all the details yet, but they don’t seem to doubt that it could all be true.”

    I think of this verse: “People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.'” – Luke 18:15-17

    I love this: “God with us becomes God in us, and the strength found in weakness becomes living and active and true.” Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Emily, your words so greatly touched my heart. This Christmas, I am a new aunt to a little girl I love so much. Your words about babies and “God with us” so greatly touched my heart. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!!!

  9. Oh, to be a little one has never yet doubted that “it could all be true.” That’s the essence of childhood innocence, isn’t it? We all admire it; we all, in some way, wish we could have it for ourselves.

    Deliciously ironic, really, that the mighty Savior came to earth as a helpless babe–and He alone can restore our innocence. We are made as clean as the little ones, and once again we believe that it could all be true, because the God with us who has become God in us has wiped away our tears and opened our eyes again. Thank God for that.

    And thank God for you, Emily–for your reflections that always help my soul to breathe and my mind to focus on what is true. I appreciate you!

  10. “God with us becomes God in us, and the strength found in weakness becomes living and active and true.”

    Succinctly put and so beautifully. I love to read your words.

    xo

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