The Birth of Jesus or the Nativity

Hear these words from Luke 2:1-7

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
(Revised Standard Version)

Observe the window

If you had been able to actually witness this scene 2000 years ago, how would you have responded? Would you have spoken to Mary and Joseph? Would you kneel before the baby Jesus or try to touch him?

Is your heart a manger for the Christ-child?

Take a few minutes to be silent

Allow God to speak to you. When you are ready, speak with him. Ask him to give you the joy of Christmas. Ask him to be reborn in your heart today.


O come to my heart, Lord Jesus! There is room in my heart for Thee. Amen.