Day 24: The birth of Jesus

Luke 2:1-20

It was a cold December night many years ago when we sat on bleachers watching this passage acted out in front of us. We had taken our Girl Scout Troop to see a live nativity. We thought it would be a great experience for them.
Off in the distance we could see the shepherds were watching over their flock by night and an angel came and told them of the wonderful news of the birth of the Messiah. I can’t imagine how terrified they must have been, yet excited for the amazing news.

We looked in another direction and could see the “little town of Bethlehem”. It was much as I had pictured it in my mind. Mary and Joseph passed by us on a donkey and headed to the town. As in Luke’s passage, there was no room in the inn- but the stable was available.

Imagine how Joseph and Mary felt as they traveled to Bethlehem and how weary they must have been. To find there was no room to stay and that the baby would be born soon must have been frightening. We also know that Mary was thinking of all of this and his future.

Jesus was born in that lowly stable and placed in a manger. An angel “hung” in the sky and watched over the place where he lay. The shepherds came down by us and went to that stable. Oh and yes… there was a bright star in the sky over the stable to point the way.

I can remember this experience vividly and the mixed emotions of wonder, awe and humility as I watched the story unfold. I felt like I was there at our Savior’s birth. It is an experience I will always treasure.

I love this passage from Luke AND the season AND the joy it brings. Each year in December we celebrate this blessed birth of our Lord. It is a wonderful time of year as we are reminded of the incredible gift God gave the world in the form of this little baby born in a humble stable.
I wish you, your family and all your loved ones a joyful, blessed Christmas!

Dear Heavenly Father,
“She gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth.” I can still picture it. Thank you for the gift of your son, our Savior and the gift of unconditional love. May we remember this blessing in our lives every day of the year! Amen

Shirley Sanders

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