“Mary Did You Know” & “Joseph’s Lullaby.” The beauty of these songs is that they take the perspective of a parent in the Christmas story—Jesus’ parents, to be exact. The songs strike such a chord because they humanize the birth of Christ in a way many of us would never have considered. This miracle that we’ve previously only read about all of a sudden becomes something we can relate to as parents, even if in a very small way. But what hit me recently was that I was still failing to consider one more perspective: God’s. After all, Jesus was God’s one and only son, so what must it have been like for God to send His son to save the world? Honestly, I can’t imagine. But just as I was able to connect more deeply to the story of Christ’s birth through the songs mentioned above, I thought I could perhaps usher all of us into aligning our hearts with God’s by penning a letter He might have written to Jesus in an effort to describe what the experience of making that heart-wrenching decision was like. I imagine it could have read a little something like this…
A Love Letter from God to His Son
My son, I love you. If you understand nothing else I write, please know that deeply and clearly because I’m about to write something that’s honestly hard to put into words. While you’re too young to understand the decision I have to make now, I pray one day when you’re older, you will fully comprehend your purpose, on earth as it is in heaven. I love you more than words can say, with an everlasting love. And yet, just as you are my son, I have so many other children of my heart that are deeply in trouble. Just as I would do anything and everything in my power to rescue you, so must I do the same for them. They are lost and in need of a Savior. They are wandering alone in a dark world. While I know what you will have to go through before you return home to me, I cannot begin to prepare you for the pain you will experience. But because our hearts are knit together, I know you will understand, deep down, why you must walk the road ahead of you. When your burden becomes too heavy, call out to me and I will be there. What you experience will not only make our family stronger, but will help our chosen family remember what to cling to in their toughest of times. Your journey will remind others for generations to come that even when the road seems desolate, we are never alone and there is always hope and redemption available for all who need it. But for now, sweet boy, be born. That’s right, just be. Whenever you need me, call upon my name. Look up into the night sky and you will see me among the stars. Wherever you are, close your eyes and feel that I am with you. Love always and forever, Your Father Connect your kids to the heart of our Father God this Christmas with Good, Good Father, a story about God’s great love for his children.
What do you think it must have been like for God to release his son to fulfill his rescue plan?