“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.”
Two sentences, a couple of dozen words – that’s all Luke uses to describe the birth of the Son of God. None of what we would expect for the birth of a king. But perhaps that’s the point. And we can probably learn much from the words Luke did include.
“She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.”
Of the few details Luke shares, this is perhaps the most striking…and most important. For while it is unbelievable to most of us that no one made room for this expectant mother, this kind of thing happens all the time. Refugees, immigrants, the poor… Does it matter – to the world, to us – if they are pregnant or not, sick or not, hungry or not, the same race or not?
Jesus was born, not only like all of us, but particularly like the most vulnerable of us. God comes to redeem all, and God starts with those most in need. Jesus is found not in the capital city but in a backwoods town, not in the inn but in the stable, not sleeping on fine linens but laid in an ordinary manger with cloth. Many saw a poor unwelcome family but what God saw was a holy miracle.
What if we started looking at people like that this Christmas season? What if we opened our eyes to see as God sees? Imagine the miracles we would witness.
Rev. Carol D. Sparks
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