“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” – Luke 2:6-7
Mary and Joseph had each been visited by an angel, bearing news of the baby that Mary was to carry. Imagine the care and concern taken as those two traveled in adherence to an order to take part in a census, many months after Mary had in obedience, said to the angel of God, “May it be so.”
Weary and worn, likely wracked by labor pains, they arrived to find that there was no room for them to stay, anywhere. I imagine a kindly innkeeper took pity on the woman in pain, and pointed them to the place out back, where the animals were kept.
Perhaps grateful for a somewhat private place to push, baby Jesus was brought forth. Though His arrival so humble, His significance shone above the earth as the angels spoke to the shepherds in the fields, and the star shone brightly before the magi. The splendor of His majesty did shine, just not in a way that would be ordinary to man.
Swaddling the Savior, Mary treasured it all in her heart. Though she knew not the full extent of the path that lay before her Son, she knew that she was holding God with us, as she loved baby Jesus with her whole heart.
His humble beginnings in a stinky stable grant grace and hope for us, and are a reminder that even when there seems to be no way, or the conditions seem to stink, He has a plan for us, and will make a way for His will to be done.
May our hearts come humbly before our King with thanksgiving, as we celebrate this eve of His blessed birth. It was not merely the birth of a baby boy, but the birth of our Savior – the One who has made the way for us to be with Him forever!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your plans are perfect and ours are not. Thank You that You show us again and again both throughout scripture and in our own lives, that You are love and You are good. Forgive us for our doubts when things don’t appear as we think they ought to, and please remind us that Your plan is perfect, regardless of how we perceive it. Be glorified in all that we say and do, and may many come close to You this Christmas. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present