[ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alicia Krogsgaard, along with her husband, Bernard, and 12-year-old son, Logan, ministers in Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, Mexico. They are in their sixth year of church planting in the tropics of the Mexican Pacific Coast.]
What must it have felt like to be chosen from AMONG all others?
How much you must have loved your God!
How directed you must have been to walk in the path of righteousness!
What unbelievable news the angel brought forth—
Me? The mother of THE PROMISED ONE?
The LAMB OF GOD?
It will be I who gives birth to the ONE who will save ME?
How can this be, OH LORD?
Surely YOU know my sins!
Surely YOU know my unworthiness!
Surely YOU understand my doubts and insecurities!
How is it that YOU bestow this blessing upon ME?
But LORD…what will be said of me?
Will I be thrown out from among my people?
Will my father look upon me with shame?
Will my mother renounce the day I was born?
Will I bring disgrace upon the very ones who have taught me
that the Saviour would come?
…And Joseph, Oh LORD, what will he think? How broken
will his heart be. Will he understand my faithfulness,
or will he send me out in disgrace?
But the prophets have spoken of HIM,
the law has prepared the way for HIM,
Your people have been waiting on HIM.
YOU are the GOD OF PROMISES,
YOU are the GOD OF COVENANTS,
YOU are the GOD OF LOVE, RELATIONSHIP and SALVATION.
May it be as YOU have said.
Oh sweet, helpless babe, how YOU will bless us among all people!
What must it have felt like to be chosen FOR all others?
How much you must love your Father!
How directed you must be to walk in the path of
What long-awaited news the angels brought forth-
murmurs of, “It’s time!”
hushed whispers, “He’s ready!”
excited anticipation—God will become like man.
It will be YOU, born in the flesh, who will again make us like God-
eternally in relationship with our CREATOR.
How can this be, OH LORD?
Surely YOU know our sins!
Surely YOU know our unworthiness!
Surely YOU understand our doubts and insecurities!
How is it that YOU bestow this blessing upon US?
But LORD…what will be said of YOU?
heretic; drunkard; son of the devil
crazy; sinful; lover of sinners
GUILTY!!! CRUCIFY HIM!!
Do you see what’s ahead?
Do you sense the end as you are born into your beginning?
How will you bear the rejection?
How will you continue to love as we hate?
How will you fulfill the pouring out of YOURself
to us, a people full of OURselves?
But the prophets have spoken of YOU,
the law has prepared the way for YOU,
Your people have been waiting on YOU.
What will be said of you?
Saviour; Master; Son of God
Sacrificial, Holy, LOVER OF SINNERS
HOSANNA, HOSANNA, THE LAMB OF GOD IS BORN!!!