Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
By Jennifer Fischer
Mother of beautiful angel, Kyla
The fist time I heard the Christmas song, “Mary Did You Know?” I felt that the lyrics were very thought-provoking. Of all the Christmas songs I know, that is the only one that looks at Jesus’ birth from his mother’s perspective.
This year, the song touches me even more deeply. Kevin and I share hopes and dreams for our beautiful baby daughter… when I think about what they are, they certainly pale in comparison to having a son who is our Savior. I don’t mean that to sound disrespectful. I truly can’t imagine what Mary & Joseph went through, for many reasons. The song makes me think about the beauty of Jesus as an innocent, precious infant looking up at his parents with love in his eyes. It helps me reflect on the power of the love God had for us to give up His only son. It causes me to try to imagine all that Mary went through in the most basic sense of being a mother to a child.
Obviously the bible does not offer many stories of Jesus’ childhood. Of course there is the story of him teaching in the temple when he was thirteen. No disrespect again, no irreverence, but there isn’t a single story about Jesus taking his first steps, saying his first words, etc. I’m not looking to rewrite the bible or suggest that it is incomplete. Most people would say “So what that toddler Jesus isn’t mentioned?” Naturally nothing compares with the miracles he created or the lives he transformed as an adult. But if we as Christians truly believe that not only was Jesus the son of God, “For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.” So isn’t it natural to ponder the relationship Jesus the man had with his mother from infancy?
This year as I am sitting in Church on Christmas Day with Kyla in my lap, I will be thinking about many things: how grateful I am to have all that I do; how lucky I am to be a woman of faith; how fortunate I am to be a mother to a happy, healthy baby; how fortunate we ALL are that Mary was the ultimate mother for all of us.
I know it is easy to get caught up in all the crazy rushing and preparation for Christmas. I am guilty of it myself. (Staying up past midnight to make gingerbread biscotti is just one example of it for me!) But I urge everyone who is reading this to please do two things: Think about your good fortunes: If you are running around like a nut buying gifts and making cookies, you are blessed with family and friends to buy for and cook for. Most importantly, if you are buying gifts and making cookies and decorating, you are celebrating CHRISTMAS, the birth of baby Jesus. So instead of humming “Jingle Bells” to yourself on December 25th, how about a round of “Happy Birthday” instead?
Merry Christmas to you all from me, Kevin, and our lovely Kyla Audrey.