Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Luke 2:10-12
I love this season of the year with all it’s color, excitement, and goodwill... but like you I know the real reason for the season... it’s all about Jesus. One of the most important lessons I have learned over the years about Christmas is this... “Jesus gave God a body to work through”. And then also the virgin Mary gave God a body to work through, a womb to birth through…Talk about giving the best gift, that must certainly qualify. And what about you and me? Have you given God a body, a life, if you will, to work through?
I am reminded of a man named Charles, ordinary in every way… had a wife and two children, a little boy and girl. His wife was pregnant with her third child and the baby’s birth was hard on both the mom and baby. The little baby boy died in childbirth, but the doctors resuscitated him, but one of his lungs was collapsed, so the doctor said, “You better call your priest…he won’t last long. Well Charles must of believed that God had a different idea… So he excused himself from his darling wives side… saying I’ll be back in a little bit… Charles found his way to the hospitals chapel room… knelt down and cried out to God… He said,” God please allow my son to live, and I will give him to you to preach the Gospel”. By praying for his son Charles gave God a body to work through. The story continues because the boy lives and some years later I did become that preacher, and I thank God every day for my daddy, Charles J Barancik, that gave God a body to work through. Merry Christmas, Karl A Barancik, Chuck’s son.