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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Luke 2:1-7 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  Swaddling.  Topics:  2 at end.

“Just at this time an edict was issued by Caesar Augustus for the registration of the whole Empire. It was the first registration made during the governorship of Quirinius in Syria; and all went to be registered—every one to the town to which he belonged. So Joseph went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judaea, to David’s town of Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to have himself registered together with Mary, who was betrothed to him and was with child. But while they were there, her full time came, and she gave birth to her first-born son, and wrapped Him round, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  WEY (Read these scriptures and more at http://prayerpivot.com.) 

Jesus the newborn baby was, according to scriptures, wrapped in swaddling clothes, or cloths.  In this translation of this scripture, the Weymouth it is said uniquely:  She “wrapped him round.”  That’s exactly what mothers and fathers did for babies, especially newborns.  They wrapped them all around, tightly, in either clothes or strips of cloth.  Swaddled!

This is not done so much in today’s world; but there are some who believe that it can be good for a newborn to be snuggled rather firmly for the first few hours after birth.  While in the womb, babies are confined to the dimensions of that home within Mother.  And even though birth is a process of becoming free of the confines of the womb, there is some thought (perhaps mainly in the past) that a good bundling up helps ease the transition into the world, just a bit.  There seems to be a lot of debate on this, however.

But in the days of Jesus, there was swaddling of babies.  We know so because the Bible says so!  But what transfer can we make here, to ourselves as we grow up and become adults?  Maybe we’re still swaddled.

Consider the love that God has for us.  Consider that He wants to hold us in that love and wrap His arms around us.  Maybe this is the best swaddling of all:  God’s arms holding us tight.  At any age!  We can grow right up and still know that we are swaddled in His love, wrapped tight around our lives.  We don’t even have to be good boys and girls for this:  He loves us and wants to hold us tight just because He just loves us.  We don’t have to be “good” any more than a newborn baby can be “good.”

Lord, how we thank You for this wonderful plan of yours, to wrap up our babies, however we do it according to the times we live in.  Help us to thrive in Your swaddling arms and to then be able to pass along to others how You are always holding us tight with Your swaddling, so that they may choose LIFE.

Topics:  Pray for the love we have for God and His care for us to show . . . and that others will choose LIFE because we tell them about this tightly held love.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 12/17 at 12:21 AM
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