Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Royal Birth

Tenwek Hospital, Kenya
And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. 
Luke 9:2 King James Version

Once in royal Davids city,
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby,
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ, her little Child.

“Once in Royal Davids City” - First verse, Christmas Carol
Lyrics C.F. Alexander  Music H.J. Gauntlett

There is nothing like a the excitement of a royal birth and how appropriate at this time of the year.   Let me share another recent great birth story.

It was the first part of this year(2012) while at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya that an abandoned term infant was brought to the nursery.   He was in a very tenuous state of health and named, Daniel, by the nurses who knew he would need to be strong to survive.  A few days later, it was discovered that he had been named Emmanuel by the police who had found him.   The resulting name was Emmanuel Daniel.  With a lot of love and care Emmanuel Daniel was nurtured back to health.   

This Christmas we celebrate the surprise and joy of a Royal Birth.  The surprise is that God appears to the poor disenfranchised world and provides a new definition of Royalty and Kingdom that is still in the making.  His Emmanuel’s birth is more like the reality of birth in the world in places like Kenya.   

May the blessings and surprise of this Royal Christmas birth be with you this year.


Post December 12, 2011, Emmanuel
Post December 2, 2012, Awaiting “Good News”


  1. I'm tucking that one away for Christmas Eve! (Susan drew a name for our Angel Tree Christmas observance, and the little girl she's buying presents for this year is "Lil Miracle." I thought that one might preach too.)