– by Mary May Larmoyeux – Christmas morning will soon be here, and my mind is captivated by the thought of baby Jesus lying in a manger.
Imagine the morning. The colors of the sky. The sights and signs and smells in the shelter.
No stuffed animals
The creator of all did not even have a crib. There were no stuffed animals. No internet announcements. No blue balloons inscribed with “It’s a boy.”
But his birth did not go unnoticed.
We are told in Luke 2: 8-14: And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. …”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Just imagine what it must have been like that day!
No ordinary baby
Jesus was no ordinary baby! He came to save His people from their sins! And “His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
Rich or poor, young or old, no one offers a better gift than Jesus. May you and I know His peace in the ups and downs of the new year.
Post and photo © 2014, 2017 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. Filled with ideas for every month of the year, it’s a great resource for grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.