The {Touch} of Christmas

The {Touch} of Christmas

Holiness birthed in a bed of dirty straw
A squirming baby grasping the hand of Eve's daughter
Homeless, would we have noticed him
Ignored the stench and filth to embrace a babe born in a barn

A perfect God with a perfect plan
Exalting the lowly and confounding the proud
The Son of God seeking a home in the hearts of man
Undeterred by the stench and the filth of our sin
Embracing us even in our dirty skin
A holy God making us holy from within

God does everything on purpose.  He chose that damp and dusty stable in Bethlehem, almost as if to say, "My ways are not your ways..."  Our King Eternal deserved all the honor and the riches of this world, yet He never sought after wealth or renown.  He didn't even seek "appropriate" shelter for his birth.  His life was all about people.  Me.  You.  Us.  Them.  

He touched the untouchables, loved the unlovables, forgave the unforgivables.

How can we not do the same?

*Every Tuesday, we've shared on one of the Five Senses of Christmas and I've so enjoyed reading about your experiences!  This Tuesday, it's all about the {Touch} of Christmas.  Feel free to share anything that comes to mind--the touch of Jesus on your life,  how you are reaching out to touch others with his love, maybe a kindness that was shown to you during this season that you will never forget, or maybe just a fond memory.  There really aren't any "rules", just share your Christmas with us!


3 Blessings said...

This is so beautiful. I love the photo. I also love your post below...I know it is a memory your kids will always remember.

Wylie said...

This picture is SO sweeeeet!!!!

Jennifer said...

This is such a beautiful post! "God does everything on purpose"... He sure does! :)

Kristin said...

What a beautiful post, Joye! I love the picture. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

He & Me + 3 said...

Absolutely beautiful Joye. Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family.
Gorgeous picture.

Holly said...

Loved the last line. I'm so glad that he does all of those.

Darlene said...

Beatiful. Beautiful. Beautiful.
Your poem.
Your post.
Your picture.
What a Joy your blog is, friend!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And God Bless your family.

Becca said...

I LOVE your post this week! :-) What a great reminder and beautiful words!

Freddae' said...

Awesome words...simply awesome.

JoyFull Art said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on by blog :) I think your testimony is awesome.

Valerie said...

Beautiful post!
A perfect God with a perfect plan. Could not have said it better

Wylie said...

Joye... Just wanted to stop by again today to wish you & yours a blessed & merry Christmas!!!!!

Mich said...


Hope you had a a wonderful christmas.

christy rose said...

Absolutely beautiful Joye! I hope you and your beautiful family had a wonderful Christmas!!

FaithBarista Bonnie said...

Merry Christmas, Joye. Hope it was wonderful with everything in it! .. "God does everything on purpose.. " God, help me see more if and believe when I don't. ;)

Debbie said...

I'm so glad that you visited me at Heart Choices. This is my first visit to your blog and ...I'm loving it. You are so talented from one so young. How awesome how the Lord is using you and that you are responding in obedience.



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