Scripture Passage: Luke 2:1-7 “…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed hm in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2:7
Can you imagine if we had existed thousands of years ago? We can only witness and imagine how the people’s lifestyles were, from the types of homes, jobs, and community they had. We really don’t know how many miles they have to travel from point A to point B and the kinds of foods they are. When I was young, I wanted to have nice things like shoes and clothes to keep up with my school peers, even though my parents couldn’t afford to provide all we wanted in life. Years passed. I realized why my parents provided what we truly need rather than what we wanted. I learned quickly in life the difference between wants versus needs.
Now, it seems easy to buy new things that we like because of all of the incentives that are added to items such as discount offers, payment options, and sales tactics. In our generation, we’re exposed to nice fancy vehicles, clothes, and gigantic homes due to the limitless amount of debt offered. In the end, however, we see the true reality that these materials are not fully satisfying and only provide temporary relief.
The story of Jesus’s birth shows simplicity and takes place in such a humble setting. God, the Father, sent his ONLY Son without any collection of colorful cotton onesies and without musical infant toys or infant furniture. Mary and Joseph were simply offered a manger to give birth. Nevertheless, this verse reminds us how Jesus humbles Himself.
Prayer: Dear God, as we prepare for Christmas, remind us on how You chose to reveal Your image in the humblest way. Help us not to focus to our wants, but to open our hearts to serve others that are in need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Sheila Simone – 2016