The Most Beautiful Gift in the World
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and the line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 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 manager, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ” Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.” Luke 2: 4-14
Ask any parent. Every birth of child is a miracle. Every child is a gift from God!
But nearly 20 centuries ago a truly miraculous birth took place: the Son of God born to Mary. A son A helpless baby. Angels announced the joyous event and shepherds rushed to the manger. A young woman pledged to be married gave birth to a child, wrapped him in cloths and put him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
I often wonder did Mary and Joseph really understand the significance of the child they had just brought into the world. Did they feel overwhelmed that there was no room for them?
Did they begin to feel that they had misunderstood the plan?
And what about you and I? Do we still hold our breath whenever we read the scripture regarding the birth of Jesus? Do we still hear the angels “bringing us great tidings of great joy, which shall be for all people?” Do we still feel the miracle?
God spoke to Mary in the everyday flow of her life. God spoke to the shepherds in the everyday flow of life. How is God speaking to you and I in our everyday flow of life? How has God taken hopeless situations for you and used them for good?
This is the season of Christmas. Is your tree up? Is the house decorated? Is the baking done? Are you ready? What are your traditions ?
Are these traditions bringing you great joy or have they become expectations that are burdensome? This is the season of rebirth and it begins with the celebration of the Birth of a Savior. I invite you to spend some time just absorbing — reading, listening, observing — all that gives new birth to you this season. I invite you to join Mary in finding that precious event that God has done that you treasure in your heart!
Listen! The virgin shall conceive a child! She shall give birth to a Son. And He shall be called “Emmanuel” (meaning, “God is with us.”) Matthew 1: 23
This Season may each of us experience Jesus as “Immanuel” in our lives.
Note: The images with this post are from Mary Brainard’s “For Unto Us a Child is Born.”