Diary of a Prodigal Daughter: A Story of Purpose

Nativity scene with Mary Joseph and baby Jesus
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A Story of Purpose

by Christine Carter

Christmas is a story of purpose. The nativity scene is the most comforting scene in history. It is a story of difficult beginnings, as the baby Jesus, the Savior of the world lay peacefully in a Manger, in a stable meant for keeping cattle. Jesus knew His purpose at a very young age, and did not let others dissuade Him from what God, His father called Him to do.

At Christmas, we see a beautiful image of a baby at the center, and everyone focused on Him as the star of David shone down to display a soft glow over this angelic child. Angels were singing Glory to God in the highest, and His parents knew He was special and heaven sent for a greater purpose. This is the story of the virgin birth.

As we celebrate this season, we are reminded that each of us also has a story with a purpose. We are all given life, and salvation through Jesus. We are all born into this world with unique qualities and gifts.

Though some may have a difficult beginning or experience bumps in the road, unexpected circumstances or detours on the path of life, they do not make our purpose any less significant.

I believe the Christmas story is one of hope and wonder, but also triumph over incredible odds. Ultimately, love and redemption can be victorious in every life because of the precious gift that Jesus gave.

As we spend the holiday shopping, decorating, baking, and visiting with loved ones, let us remember the purpose we are given in Christ.

Every day is a clean slate, and an opportunity to start again, to be intentional with the time we are given.

Let us each be filled with the wonder of the birth of Jesus, a new beginning that changes everything that came before. Let it restore a sense of hope and purpose to every person who feels without hope, struggling with a difficult reality. Jesus understood and faced struggles even greater, and yet He went about his Father's business to fulfill His unique purpose. Let His story renew our own.

God's blessings to all this Christmas and in the New Year.


About the Author

Christine Carter at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Christine Carter is a working mom of a 12-year-old active son Marquis and has been married to her best friend Brent Carter for almost 15 years.

She attends Bethel: the Church at Philadelphia Mills, where she has been attending for almost 12 years.

She is currently a Quality Assurance Specialist at Gate 1 Travel in Fort Washington, PA. She resides in Levittown, PA, where she has lived for most of her life.

She is currently attending John Brown University’s online program where she is working on finishing a Psychology Degree which she began at JBU in NW Arkansas in the 1990s. She expects to graduate in May 2021.

She has always enjoyed writing, and poetry has been her method of choice. She believes that if you have a talent or a gift from God, or a desire to be used for His kingdom, He will make a way. You simply need to be willing.

You can read Christine’s Diary of a Prodigal Daughter column on the 3rd Friday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.