Robin's Blog

Christmas 2018

2018-12-15 07.55.58

Last week our daughter asked their toddler, “Why is your helicopter at the nativity?”

His answer? “To take the baby to the hospital.”

This was his 3 year-old reality because in October his infant brother was taken on a life flight to LA Children’s Hospital for heart surgery. In his little world, stories of newborns include helicopters.

When my daughter sent me this picture I thought about the intensity of the past year. I know our family is not alone. Many of you have had helicopters and fire trucks and broken hearts in your family story this year. Yet the truth of the Christmas story has never changed through the ages.

God sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.

We all need a Savior.

Immanuel. God is with us.

In and through and beyond everything we go through, God. Is. With. Us.

Perhaps our grandson has it right. The first nativity was a messy place, cluttered with animals and shepherds. In the midst of the mess, God was there.

Go ahead. Call your reality what it is this Christmas. Bring it all to Jesus. Not just the gold, frankincense and myrrh of your days. Bring Him your helicopters, broken bones and empty bank accounts. Leave it all with Him.

He knows. He sees. He hears.

Then repeat this ancient, sacred truth until it echoes in your battered spirit —

Immanuel. God is with us.


For those of you who have asked for more details about our grandson here’s a link to the Go Fund Me account that was set up for him.