This Christmas I, a language student, have contemplated Jesus’ birth in a new way – with new understanding. He came not just a man but as a baby who had to learn to walk and talk.
As I have entered into this new culture, I have had to learn to walk and talk all over again. Often the humiliation and inability to communicate has been overwhelming. In the same way I can only begin to imagine Jesus' humiliation as a baby, as a young child, and even as a man. But He did it willingly out of love. What wondrous love this is!
I reanalyze my situation now. My motivation is renewed. I too want to learn this language and culture. And I want to do it willingly- because of love.
Submitted January 2015