“ 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” -Luke 2:7
Before the carols were written down, before the traditions were formed, before the trees and lights and presents, there was the first Christmas. It was ordinary in so many ways. A young couple doing the best they could to bring a new life into the world. They didn’t have everything they needed, but they made do with some band of cloth and a manger. This year we don’t have all the trappings of Christmas, although we still have more than they did, but we will make do with what we have. I think there’s a possibility of the story penetrating more deeply into our hearts and minds this year. So often the trappings of Christmas become the focus, rather than the One whom we celebrate. Maybe this year, as we go without, we might receive the true gift of the season. May we know the good news of Jesus in a new and profound way this year.