Because of The Baby

A Messiah that came as a baby.  A tiny, dependent, powerless infant… sent to save the whole world.  In the past it’s struck me as the ultimate in irony, but not this year.  This year, as I ponder my own new baby, it is perfectly understandable that our Savior would choose to come as something small and helpless.

Because really, babies have been coming as tiny little saviors (lower case s) since the beginning of time.  I don’t know about you, but I’m a remarkably selfish person.  I like my space and my “me-time.”  I like to be independent and lazy and comfortable, and to pretty much do everything on my terms.

Babies don’t allow that though, now do they?

Sweet smells save us from despair in a dark world.  Delicious weight, heavy against our chest, reminds us to slow down and savor the things right next to us.  Insistent cries, all day long and often in the dark of night remind us that we aren’t alone, that our needs are secondary to serving others.  Long gazes into soul searching eyes lead us into hope for the future.  Babies save us from our narcissism, our busy lives, our self-centeredness and our control issues.  They demand us to drop everything and attend to them. For better or worse, babies make us… well, better.

God bless them.

Of course my sweet Rosalie, no matter how precious she is, isn’t the One Baby we celebrate today and for the next few weeks.  It’s for Him we are eternally grateful. Drop everything and love Him.  Sacrifice everything and serve Him.  See Him everywhere and savor Him.


May the presence of the infant in the manger draw you out of yourself and into a life full of love and self-sacrifice.

From our family to yours:

Merry Christmas!




The Darrs


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  1. Merry Christmas, Micaela and family! What a beautiful reflection! Hope you are all able to have a wonderful, peaceful, joy-filled season!
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  2. Merry Christmas! Beautiful reflection…and I totally agree. Babies and children are the hope for humanity…the one thing that really saves us from ourself and our own selfishness. I’ve witnessed so many friends “change” (for the better) after becoming parents.
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  3. Merriest of Christmases to you and your peoples. 🙂
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  4. Lovely post. Merry Christmas!
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