Good News of Great Joy for All the People

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
Luke 2:8-14

I mentioned about the 'big hoo-rah' at the Civic Center this weekend and that I interpreted (for the deaf) portions of it. I interpreted the above paragraph no fewer than 3 times. And every time it went way too fast --not only for me to interpret appropriately, but for anyone (especially the one interpreting) to really SAVOR that glorious news. I love it so much, and wanted to share it again here.

Two parts that I just want to camp out on:
1)I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
This isn't good news only for the people with pretty clothes, pretty breath, and good hair. This isn't good news only for the people who can buy good news when they need some. This isn't good news only for the people that life seems to already smile upon. This is good news OF GREAT JOY that is for ALL! THE PEOPLE!!! It's for you -- wondering if you will ever actually find a job and not knowing how you'll ever pay for a trip to the doctor even now that you are sick. It's for you -- staggering through the depths of grief without a road map and seemingly without a flicker of light. It's for you -- not able to believe sin brought your life to this point and having no idea if you'll ever be able to crawl out of the pit you're in. It's for you -- too busy with the hustle and bustle of this crazy season to be able to stop and think about the wonderful news.

It's for all of us, this hope. Imagine a brand-spankin' new baby. Little turtle eyes trying to blink away the bright light of this world, hair swirled and stuck to a new scalp with the aroma of new baby built in, and tongue tasting the air. How can you see a new baby and not have hope? What if that baby is our Savior? What if that baby will become the grown-up that will sacrifice it all for YOU? Oh, the hope that comes with the baby smell. It's good news of great joy for all the people.

2)Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.
Right there, in the same sentence: God is IN THE HIGHEST -- and we have His favor. His favor rests on us, and the angels pray for peace for each of us. Precious, precious words.

In the middle of this, I read this (linked from Mike Cope's blog) and I PROMISE you will not regret reading it. And, like Mike, I shall steal the last two lines of the article:

And as the bus pulled away, all the Gainesville players crammed to one side and pressed their hands to the window, staring at these people they'd never met before, watching their waves and smiles disappearing into the night.

Anyway, with the economy six feet under and Christmas running on about three and a half reindeer, it's nice to know that one of the best presents you can give is still absolutely free.


Blessings, Merry Christmas, may you find His Hope and favor this year.


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Anonymous said...

wow! another 'signer' and it will be a 'sign' unto you ...

i have a deaf co-worker that i talk to and she laughs at me, and corrects me, too. we had a class here in the office for us to be able to communicate with her. i took the class, and sadly, i think i am the only one out about 20 that actually uses the things we learned to talk with her. the others are embarrassed to even try. i tell them that she is so happy to muddle through with us, because we are including her.

anyway, i remember watching and signing with the interpreter at the zoe conference in nashville the other month. the emotion she used was awesome!! you tell what she was saying even if you didn't know sign.

it has to be hard for you being an interpreter to try and get all that is being said translated into sign. how long have you signed? is deafness in your family? i believe you will have a special place in heaven!! ;o)

great post!


Anonymous said...

so ... are you in arlington? this is weird ... we moved from arlington 4 years ago! we were members at parkrow coc.

did you know that ken young and hallal are coming to dfw in august for their inaugural 'stream dfw'? i have enjoyed all the stream events i have been to. while we were in texas, we attended 'stream in the dessert' for about 6 or 7 years, then we moved to l.a. (lower alabama) and we have missed all that texas has to enjoy.

we have been attending 'stream franklin' for the past 3 years and we are stoked that we are headed back up there in january for the next installment, AND visit my freshman daughter at lipscomb, to boot.

thanks for replying to my comment. i enjoy signing with freda every time i pass her in the hall. its funny that people do a double take when they see us talking. their like, "wow! you can sign?" i'm like, "wow! you could tell what i saying?" LOL! what a difference it must be to not be able to get irritated with all the Christmas music that we get irritated at when you hear it all the time for 2 months.

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