Friday, December 21, 2012

Why Babies?

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Why do people love babies?

Watch people around them. . .if they pass a baby in a store, they will slow down to look at the baby, perhaps speak to the mother or father.  Politicians love to hold them and kiss them for some reason.  Why is that?  People just seem to be facinated with them.

Even our dog seems to know the difference between babies and adults, or even children for that matter.  When our grandchildren were first born, I was very concerned how our beagle, Sparrow, would respond.  She is a sweet, loving dog, but animals can be very unpredictable, so I watched her carefully.  She smelled the baby over from head to toe, but I never once saw a lick or a nudge.  She seemed to keep a special distance from the baby (maybe it was that diaper smell, I don't know.)

Child (close-up)
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People just seem to love babies.

Some say it is because babies are totally innocent, and there is truth in that.  They are soft and new, too.  But I think there is something different as well.  As a Labor Room nurse, I've had the honor of seeing literally thousands of babies in my lifetime and I think that babies somehow intrinsically represent something else to us, something deeper, something more eternal.

I think somewhere deep in our hearts, deep in our spirits, when we see a little baby, that baby face speaks to us of how our Lord, the very God of the universe loved us enough to leave the throne of Glory and be made of "no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross," (Philippians 2:7-8).

Somehow I think every baby points to us of that baby born in Bethlehem...

"And the angel said unto them, 
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, 
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, 
which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; 
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, 
the shepherds said one to another, 
Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, 
which the Lord hath made known unto us.
 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. "  

Luke 2:10-16

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