A Savior is Born
III and I are back in sweet home Alabama for Christmas. As we left Atlanta, the land of hustle and lights, and drove through the rolling hills of Alabama, I marveled at God’s creation. His masterpiece is so evident here. I love the drive home and the anticipation it brings. Even though I have grown up and moved into a house of my own, there is just something special about being back where so many memories were made, my original home.
I wonder what Mary and Joseph where thinking as they traveled home to Bethlehem.
“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered“
Were they excited or anxious? Were they looking forward to celebrating as they saw Joseph’s family, or were feelings of guilt rising about what they would say regarding Mary’s pregnancy? Or were they marveling at God’s creation from the back of a donkey?
One thing I do know is they weren’t expecting to welcome Our Savior, in the stable, surrounded by farm animals, because there was no room for them in the inn. Christ’s story doesn’t begin with the expectations one would have of a King’s birth. But, that is why God’s plan for His people and His creation is so much better that we could imagine. So, here’s to celebrating Christ’s birth this Christmas and the hope that He brought to the world, showing that God’s plan will always triumph our expectations.