It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. A lot has been going on. First of all, I’m pregnant! Due sometime around September 30th, it seems fairly certain that Baby Baughman #3 is a boy. But that brings me to the next news…
Baby Baughman #3 is now actually our 4th child. My husband’s cousin passed away, leaving custody of her 10-year-old son to us. So we now have three children entrusted to our care by the Lord, soon to be (assuming all goes well with the remaining two-and-a-half months of this pregnancy) four. Our family has grown by leaps and bounds!
Now, as a part of the bedtime routine we’ve altered to fit in another child, Karl and I take turns singing hymns to the younger kids to help them sleep. Well, now I’m doing most of the singing, as Karl’s taken on the task of helping the eldest start learning about the Lutheran Catechism. Recently, I began at the beginning of the hymnal and am working through the whole thing. Some of the songs I don’t know, but those are easily skipped for now. The first set of hymns belong to the season of Advent, where we celebrate the Coming of the Lord (both His first coming as an infant and His Second Coming, to judge the world). One hymn in particular, Savior of the Nations, Come, struck me.
(From the footnotes of the hymn in the Lutheran Service Book) This hymn is attributed to Ambrose of Milan, who lived in the 300s. Martin Luther wrote a German translation during his lifetime, and it’s been around since. Verse four in the hymnal speaks of Christ “stepping forth” from heaven to begin His work of saving humanity.
His saving us was very intentional.
Often when I think of Jesus, I think of the humility and the patience, the gentleness and how He almost seemed to just have everything happen to Him that did, including his suffering, death, and resurrection. And while He was indeed all of those things, it is sometimes too easy to forget His power, His majesty, His glory, His strength. It wasn’t just “stuff” happening to a pushover. He stepped down from His throne in Heaven in order to allow all that to happen. There was great intentionality to what He did and what “happened” to Him. It wasn’t an accident. He knew what He was doing.
Praise Him for that! How great a love would set aside the splendor of Heaven to even be with us, let alone suffer a terrible death for us. It is quite fitting, then, that the hymn ends in a verse of doxology, praising our Triune God.
Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for coming intentionally to save me. I look forward to Your return with eagerness. Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.