IT WAS A TYPICAL MANGER

It was an ordinary stable.There was nothing unusual about it.The manger was a typical manger,designed to feed animals,yet it fed the world.Out of the humblehand-hewn manger camea visionthat changed the entire world,a messagethat inspired all mankind,a hopethat encouraged ever heart,a promiseof peace and goodwill to all.Nothing more profound couldcomefrom such a humble beginning.We have our own unique manger.Who will we feed?Who will we inspire?Who will we encourage? Continue reading IT WAS A TYPICAL MANGER

THE NATIVITY AND THE TWO GREAT MOMENTS IN OUR LIVES

There are two great moments in our lives.The first one is the moment we were born.The second one is the momentwe discover WHY we were born.The birth of the baby in the nativitywas momentous.And he knew WHY he was born.Generally speaking, the rest of usspend our whole lives trying to discover the “why” of our birth….trying to figure out our purpose.Perhaps the answer can be discoveredby examining the nativity itself.Perhaps the answer has beenin that manger all alongand we never noticed.Something to ponder. Continue reading THE NATIVITY AND THE TWO GREAT MOMENTS IN OUR LIVES

THE FIRST CHRISTMAS GIFT

He was a small shepherd boy tending a flock of sheep with his father and uncle in the fields near Bethlehem. The boy lay by the fire to keep warm. He covered himself with the royal purple blanket that his mother had woven for him for his birthday one week earlier. It was the only thing he owned and he treasured it. He thought he was dreaming when the angel appeared and told them a Savior had been born and that they should go see him. They went immediately and found the baby in a makeshift manger with his mother, … Continue reading THE FIRST CHRISTMAS GIFT

WHAT IS THE MESSAGE IN THE MANGER?

It’s the middle of the night and I’m standing in a breezy, cold makeshift manger with droopy-eyed sheep and cattle, staring at a young couple that I never saw before huddled in one corner of the manger.   The man has his arm and cloak around her and she’s leaning against him holding a baby that looks brand new.   What a humble way to start a life, I thought.   It didn’t make sense to me and neither did the words that the other older shepherds were murmuring….. ”Messiah.”   “God with us.”   “Son of God.”   I … Continue reading WHAT IS THE MESSAGE IN THE MANGER?