Thursday, December 23, 2010

Facebook Christmas Story

(courtesy of Google Images)
Have you seen the buzz on this one? The Christmas story briefly told as it could have been had facebook been around when the birth of Jesus happened.

I think it's a neat concept. I really like that it's only 3minutes & 51seconds. So it's short enough that you can really watch the whole thing.

There were a couple things that really stood out to me as I was watching yesterday.

Ok so the first one was when people unfriended Joseph and it gave the notification of 25 (guesstimate) people unfriended- I thought "Oh My Goodness" people can see that you unfriended them! I know...not really the greatest thought to have when watching a things one the Christmas story....but still it was one of my first thoughts.

The next thought i did have was when Joseph was changing his status after finding out Mary was pregnant.
And how hurt and confused he was. And how "real" that all seemed.

Now mind you we often hear songs of Mary and what her thoughts AFTER the birth could have been...like "Mary did you know" and all that stuff.

But more often than not we neglect what Joseph was thinking or feeling as all this was going on.

And I must say that I do think Joseph was a pretty cool dude as he went through all of this. I mean it was a REALLY big deal having a woman you were going to marry turn up preggers suddenly. After all he KNEW it wasn't his baby. And we know how most men are Christian or not ...this would have most pretty upset, pretty wounded, pretty much going to guarantee that they were not going to stick around.

Especially back then when their society REALLY REALLY frowned upon that kind of behaviour. When I'm sure there would have been many more grave consequences for Mary. Not to mention even ones for Joseph if nothing else on a possible business side of things...remember he was a carpenter. To me that has to be a business that depends on other people.

But I was also thinking this morning as I was getting ready how God appeared to them.

And especially how God appeared to Joseph in the dream via Angels to him letting him know it was ok.
That this really was him. That it was HIS plan and HIS plan included Joseph.
But I love the way that God came to him when he needed it. When he was hurt and confused he made sure Joseph was getting the message.

And I wonder...how often does he do that for us and we don't see/hear it?

After all Joseph got his message via a dream. But do we ever get our from a person maybe? Be it a blog someone has written, or a kind word from someone we pass on the street, maybe a pat on the shoulder from a friend or a coworker.

Now I know maybe it's hard to see God in those things, after all it's not an ANGEL...but maybe it is.

Maybe it is God using someone here on Earth as an Angel because that's what we need.

Most of us these days would probably think we were off our rockers if we had dreams or visions of angels.
It's in a form that we can accept. Even if we don't always realize that God is giving us the thing we need.

I often think of the phrase that I heard all the time when I was younger.

"You may be the only Jesus a person ever sees."

And I think that is so true...there are so many people who will never step foot in a church this holiday season.
There are so many people who aren't willing to read a Bible.
There are so many people who are out there hurting who REALLY need the love of Christ.
People who God so desperately wants to reach.
And there are CHRISTIANS that are hurting, that God wants to let know.

I'm here...
I'm listening to you...
I'm waiting for you...
I'm hurting with you...
I LOVE you...


Even now... in your pain... in your suffering.
I haven't left you...
I WILL NOT leave you...
And I'm sending your sister or brother to help you...
Accept it...
Accept my love from them...
And feel that I will be here with you...
Even when you feel that you can't feel it...
Remember...
I'm here...
And I ALWAYS will be...

The Question is, will we hear it and choose to accept it?

And will we allow ourselves to be used to be that angel to someone else when they need Him?


6 comments:

Melissa Campbell said...

I loved this video too! The words, "It's a boy!" really stirred my spirit. To think, God is with us! He speaks to us constantly, through people, nature, music, our own spirits, Scripture, etc. I am one who dreams dreams--He speaks to me often there. In the Bible God spoke in all these ways. He said He would pour out His Spirit on all flesh...and there would be visions and dreams. Over the years I have learned to get still and listen, to pray and wait, to take everything back to Him. And I have been in awe of how He speaks. Thank you so much for sharing His heart for us. Christmas blessings!

Lisa notes... said...

I also liked this video and linked it earlier on my FB page. I love how you used your post to share what your thoughts were as you watched it! It did bring up so many things for me, too, but since I didn't write them down, they're lost. So I'm glad to be prompted to remember things through your words. May you have a blessed Christmas!

Kristine said...

I had heard about this but hadn't bothered to watch until you posted your blog about it. Thanks!

Sheryl said...

I saw a few different versions of the video. I, too, thought it was powerful and funny all at the same time. Joseph and Mary must have taken an emotional beating from those they had counted friends before this. What examples of loyalty and perseverance! Thanks for posting this.

Merry Christmas!

Alyssa Rose said...

Wow! That is so cool! And I love your words! You are so, right on!
Merry Christmas, Leanna!

Bonnie Gray said...

Wonderful encouragement, Leanna -- and reflecting on someone - Joseph - who often doesn't get the spotlight during Christmas. ;)

I liked this video and loved how you interweaved your own thoughts for the season. I've enjoyed and been blessed by your words this year, Leanna.

So appreciate you part of the jam! Hope you had a Merry Christmas... and may God continue to guide you to the new you mentioned in 2011! :)