The Inside Out of Christmas

I hope this post finds everyone safe and warm as they reunite with their family and friends for this joyous Christmas season. This is my favorite season of the year, a time of rest and fellowship with those you love. A time of thankfulness for what we have been given, both materially and in Christ. God bless you and your family as you spend time together enriching your love for each other and your love and thankfulness for God and his Son Jesus Christ.

I was going to go into a long story and explanation of the point I wanted to get across in this post, but I have decided to keep it short, sweet, and to the point:

This Christmas I was looking for something new. Something I hadn’t seen, realized, or understood about Christmas in the past. God gave me just that this morning as I sat in Stone Hill Church of Princeton listening to Pastor Matt teach about the “deodorant can gift” of Christmas. The fact that Christmas is all about God coming IN to our world, our sin, our lives. It’s about the Creator entering into His dirty creation and restoring it. It’s a picture of grace.

Well anyway, as I was listening to the message, I felt tiny. I felt tiny for possibly the first time in my whole existence. Christmas is so massive when you really get into it; an all-powerful being coming into a finite universe and throwing aside aspects of his omnipotence in order to save the finite beings He has created. I was humbled as I realized the smallness of my existence. How I am totally and utterly dependent on someone else other than myself for everything. (If I’m honest, I don’t think that I need to be many times.)

I’m just some guy.. This whole size realization was and is a new thing for me. I mean, I’ve always known that I’m just some guy who God has chosen to love other people, but it hasn’t been at this magnitude before. The overarching hugeness of the smallness of me.. It’s just blowing my mind. CHRIST is everything. IN Him are the hopes and fears of all the years. Christmas is about The Infinite entering into our finiteness. What a joyous occasion to celebrate! What an amazing story of love! Noel!

I am particularly thankful for everyone who has stopped me on my way and said hi while I’ve been here. And for everyone who are still faithfully supporting my ministry in Haiti. Time has gone by so fast for me. It’s already been over a year?! I am grateful for each and every one of you who have stood by me and supported me so that I could continue to live out my calling.

Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year everyone!

God bless,

Ben Henrie

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