As I spend the days horizontal this Christmas season (sick again but fully expecting a miracle to happen), the way to the manger comes to mind over and over again. Eyes tightly closed and nothing to think of but God’s great mercy, I find my way there as clear as noonday, although my visits are at midnight. Yes, the night the Savior was born, of course, and guided by the bright, shining star. That’s why I can see my way clearly.
Isn’t that the main reason why He was born in the first place? To bring light in darkness.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. (John 1:9 NIV)
So, I enter the barn and find the manger covered with hay. Baby Jesus sleeps quietly amidst lowing cows and bleating sheep, His cheering team before the shepherds arrive and the three Magi. The barn stinks, but Mary’s smile can’t be wiped out. It emanates from her grateful soul.
And I, I find so much peace in the scene. I learn a lot about the character of the Savior – peacefulness, simplicity, humility, beauty — glory! Glory surrounds Him even without the glitz and glamour we put into our Christmases.
That’s what I want to remember now.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:13-14)
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Journey with Jesus,