Life is both a tragic struggle and a miraculous providential saga. The "Christmas Story" (from the French term Noel or perhaps a Latin derivative meaning "birth") certainly encases both the human struggle and the divine saga.
No room in the inn, born in a stable, placed in a manger, a feeding trough for animals, in a place where you find filth and muck and disease and dumb animals, you find the son of God, the Savior of the world. In a place you expect to find nothing you want, you find everything you need. Emanuel - God with us.
Prophesied by Isaiah in 700 BC (Isa.7:14) the prediction of the virgin birth comes to fruition in that stable. (Matt. 1:20-23) Isaiah promised not only a "child would be given" but also "the government would rest upon His shoulders" (Isa. 9).
We are living between the two advents - the first, His incarnation; the second, His coronation. Jesus came into this world in the periphery of life but has been assigned to the pinnacle of history.
Enjoy the season but remember the story. And in case you forgot - it is still true: In a place you expect to find nothing you want you find everything you need!
Serving Him with you
Until He comes for us,