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Grace Moments Devotions - February 25, 2018

  • 2018 Feb 25

Cherish the child
Jason Nelson

It is unfathomable that a loving mother would take her seven-year-old daughter to a border crossing and tell her to head north because the child would be better off wandering alone in the U.S. than remaining in her violent town in Central America. How desperate a mother’s love can be.

It is equally unfathomable that our divine Father would send his only Son from heaven to be enfleshed in misery on earth and then forsake him on a cross. How amazing the Father’s love is for his adopted children. As a baby, the Son of God became a political refugee. He spent his life on earth as a displaced person. “TheSon of Man has no place to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20).

The nativity of Jesus isn’t a charming story of humble beginnings on a starlit night. It is a case in point of the harsh conditions and poverty so many children live in. It was the necessary beginning of Christ’s humiliating journey to redeem us.

Much of the world is still unfit for children. Eighty percent of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. As a result, 22,000 children die quietly every 24 hours because they are meek, weak, and last in line (according to UNICEF). The meek and holy Child said of them, “Their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father” (Matthew 18:10). If we love him, we must show the world how to cherish them.

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