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A STABLE INFLUENCE

Woodshed Wisdom
By Freeman Martin

A story came across my e-news the other day that sent my feet shuffling back down that dirt road toward the ol’ farmhouse. Can I just say something right here? Just saying the word ‘e-news’ outloud (I have to correct my spell check because at Route 4, outloud IS one word) is like a cold wet towel in the face on a winter morning. The fact that e-news means something means this ol’ country boy is a long way from home without a roadmap.
Anyway, the story in my inbox the other day was about a baby that had been born in the bathroom at a filling station. Yeah, I know. They call ‘em restrooms and convenience stores in our world today. But, like a lot of other things, those are not good names. You can’t rest in those rooms and there’s certainly nothing very convenient about them.
But back to the main road in this story. The manager called 9-1-1 and told the person on the other end of the phone that she wanted to report a woman having a baby. The dispatcher said, “Did you say a woman was having a baby?” And the manager said, “No, I said a woman just HAD a baby. It’s all over.”

That got the dispatcher’s attention. That brought out a hundred or so other questions. Where did she have it? Is she ok? Is the baby ok? Is anybody with her, etc., etc. Long story short – when the ambulance arrived, the woman was sitting there as calm as a mother hen waiting on chickens to hatch, holding her newborn baby boy. No mid-wife, no baby- delivering doctor, no birthing room in a fancy hospital with a daily rate in four figures. Just a new mother and her new baby in the middle of a miracle.
As I read this e-news story, the mental pages of my mind starting doing a fast back flip through the years. My sweet Mother experienced that same miracle nine times. And I don’t remember any birth announcements, save-the-date cards, or baby showers. Side road, please. Just think, girls, if you had known when you married that Prince Charming that you would spend almost seven years of your life in childbirth, would you still have walked down that aisle?
Speaking of save-the-date birth announcements, there was once a man named Isaiah who sent out a birth announcement in plenty of time for people to get ready. In fact, Isaiah’s baby announcement was seven hundred years before the Baby Boy was born in that Bethlehem stable.

Isaiah 9:6
New King James Version (NKJV)
6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
And you know what? Isaiah had no internet, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, text, Icloud or any other form of e-news to help him spread the news of the Miracle in the Manger. But when the big day came, Angels from Heaven told the lowly shepherds about the new Arrival and, according to a doctor named Luke, who, by the way, had nothing to do with the birth, the shepherds made a bee-line for the stable. And when they saw the Bethlehem Baby Boy, they told everybody they knew what they had seen and heard. And everybody was amazed.

Luke 2:16-20
New King James Version (NKJV)
16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
On that Silent Night thousands of years ago, Mary had no epidural or anesthesia. The Stable Influence that night was the Presence of the Savior. And after she delivered Him, He delivered her and the rest of the world.
Have you spent any time at the Manger this Christmas? Thanks to Isaac Watts who penned the words we love so much.

Joy to the World, the Lord has come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.
From our woodshed to yours on this Christmas Day when we’re 2,013 years removed from that night in Bethlehem, we pray you have that Stable Influence in your heart.

After all, what better place for the Lamb of God to be born?

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The GIFT giving season

Know anyone who needs a gift for parents or grand-parents? Book signing this Sat, Dec. 21st, 11am – 2pm, at Skin’s Hot Dogs, Dogwood Plaza, in Seneca. Please recommend to your friends.

Woodshed Wisdom, Vol. 1 contains stories of wit and wisdom of a dirt-road country boy growing up on a Southern Farm in the 50’s. To order autographed copies today, send $18 ($15 for local delivery) to:

Freeman Martin, 310 Andrew Pickens Dr., Seneca, SC 29678
h) 864-882-5522; c) 864-247-4721
freemart61@hotmail.com

To God be the Glory, great things He has done! (Psalm 98:1).

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