Monday, March 21, 2011

Blond Baby Jesus

I know; I know! The title is a tease, right?

Explanation found here:

On Saturday, I sat in a beautiful church downtown that has fabulous stained glass windows. Because I'm a lover of stained glass, I devoured every detail of the windows (while also focusing on the speakers, of course! Smile.)

A total of eight windows reaching from floor to cathedral ceiling graced the traditional sanctuary. The resplendent colors painted scenes like: Moses on the mountain, Jesus in the temple, the Resurrection and so on.

But as I went back over the scenes (such beauty begs to be studied again and again) I suddenly found myself chuckling quietly. The artists, who obviously had given great care to necessary details in each piece, had overlooked one important point of "historical inaccuracy" in the Nativity.

They created a stunning BLOND baby Jesus!

Hadn't any of them read that Jesus was born a Jewish child? Very few blond-haired, blue-eyed babies in that lineage!

I've always loved the Christmas carol, "Some children see Him......" Have you heard it? The song beautifully describes how children "see" Jesus like themselves. "Some see the baby lily white; almond-eyed; tanned and brown, etc."

Seems like the kind of Christmas carol Jesus himself would enjoy.

One of the most exciting parts of Friend's Day yesterday at church was getting to observe the colorful diversity of our congregation. Asian, Hispanic, African American, Caucasian........we all worshiped together yesterday. Focusing solely on Jesus. Blending our hearts, voices, prayers, and colors in a mosaic for His enjoyment.

In many ways, we became a living stained glass window through which our world can better see The Artist of Life.

Somehow I think that's what the baby in the manger originally intented, don't you? Smile.


  1. I have been a faithful follower, but very infrequent commenter of your blog since the beginning. After reading Becky Smith's blog today, I realize that when people don't comment, bloggers have no idea what a difference you make to us and how much we appreciate the time it takes out of your busy lives. Some of your posts make me laugh and some make me sad. And some, like today's, make me think.

    I look forward to more of the MOB stories as the wedding gets closer. And, of course, more of your "thinking" posts that you are so good at.

  2. Me too, meaning an infrequent commenter. Yours & Becky's blogs are the first two that I read daily!! Bloggers have no idea how much they add to our daily lives. Keep up the great work that you do.

  3. "In many ways, we became a living stained glass window through which our world can better see The Artist of Life." Now THAT really spoke to me!