by Stephen Whitney

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Divine Priesthood (1 of 4)
Series: Advent
Stephen Whitney
Hebrews 10:11-14

A women wrote, "My husband and I had been happily married (most of the time) for five years, but had not been blessed with
a baby. I decided to do some serious praying and promised God that if He would give us a child, I would be a perfect mother,
love it with all my heart and raise it with His Word as my guide.

God answered my prayers and blessed us with a son. The next year God blessed us with another son. The following year, He blessed us with yet another son. The year after that, we were blessed with a daughter. My husband thought we'd been blessed right into poverty. We now had four children and the oldest was only four years old.

In spite of changing over 25,000 diapers, never eating a hot meal
And never sleeping for more than thirty minutes at a time, I still thank God daily for my children.

My proudest moment came during the children's Christmas pageant. My daughter was playing Mary, two of my sons were shepherds and my youngest son was a wise man. This was their moment to shine.

My five-year-old shepherd had practiced his line, "We found the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes." But he was nervous and said,
"The baby was wrapped in wrinkled clothes." My four-year-old "Mary" said, "That's not 'wrinkled clothes,' silly. That's dirty, rotten clothes." A wrestling match broke out between Mary and
the shepherd and was stopped by an angel, who bent her halo and lost her left wing.

I slouched a little lower in my seat when Mary dropped the doll representing Baby Jesus and it bounced down the aisle crying,
"Mama, mama." Mary grabbed the doll, wrapped it back up and held it tightly as the wise men arrived.

My other son stepped forward wearing a bathrobe and a paper crown, knelt at the manger and announced, "We are the three wise men and we are bringing gifts of gold, common sense and fur."

The congregation dissolved into laughter and the pagean ...

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