“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”

Luke 2:7

BORN IN A MANGER

Jesus arrival was in the humblest of circumstances, in a dark and cramped manger. He was born surrounded by livestock and straw. The king did not come on a white horse and a crown. He arrived humbly. On that Christmas morning in the gloom of night he appeared with only a lonely star to announce his arrival. A foretelling of that he came to serve and not be served. The king of the world didn’t come to be waited upon, but to wait upon. His life wouldn’t be a life of luxury and wealth, but a life of service. A life that included caring for all people; the poor in both wealth and spirit, those that were merciful and those with a heart pointed to God. From this humble beginning Jesus rose to change the world and give us a new way. A way not built on our lavishness, but on our inherited desire to do good.Points of Reflection

  • What non-material gifts did you give this Christmas?
  • What gifts has Jesus given you?
  • List three people you gave presents to this week and how did it impact their lives?

Blessings, until next time,
Bruce L. Hartman

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