Monday, December 23, 2019

Humble Beginnings

When you reflect over the birth of your children, what is something that stands out the most to you? Is it the memory of all the fear and worry you had about giving birth? Or is it an intense feeling of awe as you just brought this little being into the world?










Oh, I can reflect over the birth of each child and remember the pain. However, what stands out the most to me, is the fact that I was allowed to bring this little creature into the world. I get caught up in the miracle of it all and feel overwhelmed by it :).





Today, we are reading Luke 2:7. This is about the miracle that is the birth of Jesus.





Luke 2:7 ESV 





And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.





When I stop and think about this humble scene, I wonder what Mary thought. Was she scared? Did she feel that a stable was not "clean" enough for her baby? Did she worry about germs from the manger?





Now let's focus on that manger. It is a feeding trough for animals. It is an instrument that is used for serving purposes and now it holds our Messiah.





The manger must be a mistake, right?










God could step in at any moment, right?





However, we are told throughout scripture that Jesus came, not to be served, but to serve ( Mark 10:45 ).





Also, as we look at Philippians 2:6-8, we can see how even though He were equal with God, He gave up that advantage and emptied Himself. He made Himself as nothing, a servant, or less than a servant as He were born in a stable and placed in a manger. As He was human, He humbled Himself to death, even death on a cross to take away my sins and your sins.





Yes, it was such a humble beginning. No, the manger was not a mistake.





I know that to look at this scene as if it were today, we would be disgusted. We would feel discouraged, disheartened. We would be scared by so many things. The uncleanness, the germs, etc. However, we can look back on that scene with wonder and awe that is the miracle of the birth of Jesus. We can also look back on the birth of our children and be thankful to live in a time with so many medical advancements.





Prayer:





Dear Father, 





Thank you for Mary. Thank you for the stable that she was able to use to give birth to Jesus. Thank you for the manger which served as His first bed. When I look on this humble scene, help me to remember that Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve ( Mark 10:45 ). In Jesus' name, Amen.













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When you reflect over the birth of your children, what is something that stands out the most to you?
Is it the memory of all the fear and worry you had about giving birth?
Or is it an intense feeling of awe as you just brought this little being into the world?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.




























Ps. Here are an index card and bookmark to go along with this week's memory verse.



Blessings from my heart to yours.
















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