And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 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.
Luke 2: 6-7
I like to display Jesus in the manger with Mary and Joseph all alone at Christmas time. As much as I love the entire Avon nativity set I own, there is something that is precious with the three figurines all by themselves. Each day I start adding more to the scene until all the figurines are together. But it starts with Mary wrapping her baby up and placing Him in a manger. Placing Him in the center of her world.
The manger is the universal symbol of the birth of Jesus Christ. Stories are told in homes around the world, from little children’s books to non-fiction novels, books are cherished and read with love. The baby Jesus is no longer a babe, but a man who came to save the world! He is forever impacting people daily as new believers join the family of God in awe and gratefulness that His mother Mary gave birth to the King of Kings.
Father, I want Jesus always to be in the center of my heart, every single moment of every day. Teach me to focus on His birth during these Christmas season days and share it with the people I meet along the way, showing them He is the reason for the season.
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