Happy Birthday Jesus!

24 Dec

Tonight at church during the candle light service the praise and worship team played one of my favorite songs, “Offerings” the lyrics felt so powerful to me tonight. I’m sure it was with the help of the sanctuary’s lights being dimmed and seeing all the families together worshipping on this snowy Christmas Eve.

Then this older gentleman walks in tonight. He is not a familiar face in my church. But, he is here to worship. He’s clutching and twisting his black cotton hat with his hands as if it gives him some sort of security in this unfamiliar environment. Then you can see the uncomfortableness beginning to be painted all over his weathered face as he attempts to say, “excuse me” to the lady standing in the pew. But, then with the gentle greeting and assistance from an usher (my husband) he has safely landed in the pew.

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The realization hits me, he’s alone. This nervous gentleman has come here tonight alone. Ohhh, I bow my head as tears are puddling in my eyes and ask, “why?” I’m not exactly sad about him being here alone, and why would it even matter if he did have a church pew filled with family dressed in sweater vest and beautiful Christmas gowns? Would that make his worship more sincere? No, of course not. I’m just humble by his loneliness and desire to worship. There was something about this old man that touch my heart, to see him come in alone and offer his gift to our King. Worship. Even though I was sitting here tonight with my family this man was offering a genuine gift of worship and obedience, as was I.

Moments like these rejuvenate my spirit. I need that, we all need that at times.

Lord, I’m so glad you don’t want material gifts of the grandest splendor. You just want me. And I couldn’t be more thankful.

Happy birthday Jesus. Thank you for giving me the greatest gift, Yourself. You leave me in awe, just where I want to be. In Your peace.

OFFERINGS
Paul Baloche Lyrics

The sun cannot compare to the glory of Your love
There is no shadow in Your Presence
No mortal man would dare to stand before Your throne
Before the Holy One of heaven
It’s only by Your Blood and it’s only through Your mercy
Lord I come

I bring an offering of worship to my King
No one on earth deserves the praises that I sing
Jesus may You receive the honor that You’re due
O Lord I bring an offering to You
I bring an offering to You

I bring an offering of worship to my King
No one on earth deserves the praises that I sing
Jesus may You receive the honor that You’re due
O Lord I bring an offering to You
I bring an offering to you

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7 Responses to “Happy Birthday Jesus!”

  1. Becky 25/12/2012 at 9:16 am #

    Wow! I wish I could’ve sat next to him! Merry Christmas!! I love you!

  2. Nellie 25/12/2012 at 10:34 am #

    Amen, and Amen!

  3. Nancy 25/12/2012 at 3:34 pm #

    Thank you for sharing

  4. Julie Klave 26/12/2012 at 9:59 pm #

    How wonderful. I love your writing it really touched my heart.

    • Tahny Lowry 26/12/2012 at 10:47 pm #

      Thanks Julie, Merry Christmas. I hope you had a great vacation!

  5. Char Barto 28/12/2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this very sensitive awareness you have nurtured and been blessed with from God, Your writing helps the rest of us to look beyond ourselves, with compassion for those around us.

    • Tahny Lowry 28/12/2012 at 9:38 pm #

      Thanks Char, sometimes I feel I miss a lot of things God wants me to be aware of. We are so blessed when we happen to capture a moment. Happy New Year, love you!

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