Swaddling Clothes

Merry Christmas everyone! I am so happy this morning, this Christmas Eve at 5:21 in the A.M. I am filled with hope and anticipation for tomorrow and next week and next year and this process started earlier this morning when I was awakened with the thought of “swaddling clothes” in my mind. I’ll never understand how my mind works in the early morning hours. I suppose the thought of Christmas Eve and consequently Jesus and the manger scene were already formulating in my subconscious as I slept, but why did I wake up with, specifically, the phrase “swaddling clothes” in my brain?

Part of it was my childhood. I had to memorize the Luke 2: 8-14 verses when I was a kid, and I always liked the funny sounding phrase “swaddling clothes”. And then, many years later, I learned to wrap my own children tightly in a blanket, and now with my wonderful wife’s home daycare I’m around babies all the time, so I guess it should come as no surprise that I awoke this morning with that 2-word image in my brain. It was most definitely a great way to wake up on Christmas Eve. I guess ultimately it was God reminding me that He made a huge sacrifice for us and showed incredible faith in us. He had to trust that normal humans would know how to take care of the most important human of all time. He had to trust that they would find him enough food, and that they would keep him clean and dry, and they would protect him, and that they would swaddle him and make him feel loved. We have it in us to do so much more than we know…. us normal humans… us swaddlers. Thank you for reading my 49th blog, and have a very Merry Christmas!

Mark Inglis

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