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Luke 2:1-7   Thought/Prayer:  A Manger it Was.  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 

When babies are born, often they are placed in a little bed beside their mothers, in a hospital.  Or, if born at home, there is a cradle or a crib awaiting.  And if no cradle or crib is there . . . there are always the waiting arms of Mother.  Sometimes they spend the first part of their lives in incubators, if a controlled climate is needed for their survival. 

Mothers and fathers may spend much time and energy (and a bit of cash!) to prepare these little spaces made just right for a baby:  not too big, not too open, (not too far from mom and dad).  And cozy.

Jesus’ mother Mary didn’t have the privilege of using, right away, such special little dwelling places for her first baby:  Jesus.  No, she either walked or rode a donkey right up until her Baby was wanting to come into the world.  (We don’t know, of course, but she surely must have had prepared places for him at home.  She just didn’t get to be home for His birth.)  Yes, surely Mary would have planned well at home for this coming child. 

Instead, she gave Him birth in a place for animals and laid Him, not in a sweet little basket . . . but in a manger.  A manger was constructed to hold feed for animals!  They would hold hay, maybe corn or oats, or other fodder.

But we must feel that the joy of this birth gave Mary such gladness that the surroundings seemed of greatly lesser importance.  Not that she would not have wished it otherwise; mothers want nice things for their babies; nice places.  But her Baby must have over-glowed any surroundings with His presence.  And think of it this way . . . if there had not been a manger, the Lord of the Universe may have first rested on a dusty floor. 

Lord, we thank You for giving the “Little Lord Jesus” wonderful parents at the time of His humble birth.  We thank You for that manger.  We ask You to help mothers and fathers to realize the importance of their babies’ lives, no matter how humble the beginnings of their lives.

Topics:  Pray for mothers and fathers who do not have the means to create beautiful surroundings for newborns, that they will know that the important thing is the child himself or herself, the only important piece of the entire picture, to God.
Silent No More  

Posted by Gail Richardson on 12/15 at 05:59 AM
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