Will be quoting Luke chapter 2 from the NIV starting with verse 4. My personal gifts noticed while reading are in Blue.
“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.”
God keeps His promises. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
“He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born”
Being married to a man full of grace and integrity like Joseph.
The comforts of home graced to me
while enduring the last days of pregnancy.
I’m so blessed.
“and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
Being able to witness God’s will unfold.
What a blessing!
Not being alone (or in public) while delivering.
Not having to worry about what to do with all the laboring details.
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
God gets excited, too. He couldn’t wait to share His news.
And He picked someone ordinary like me to share it with.
God is found in our workplace.
God turns ordinary into extraordinary.
God reaches out to those that honor Him.
Joy freely offered to ALL people.
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'”
God answers prayer.
He still gives signs.
“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.'”
God’s glory revealed.
“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.”
God provides directions in ways we’ll understand.
He told the shepherds the town and to look for a manger–all they needed to know. The wise men received different directions–just what they needed. I receive my own. Just how I need.
If we share the truth, others will listen. Even to someone ‘average’ like me.
vs. 19 “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
God’s gifts abound when we trust and obey.
Following His will draws us closer.
Reflecting on our gifts is noteworthy — even in God’s Word.
“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”
The shepherds began and ended their journey on their knees.
Seeking God. Beholding Him.
Just how I should begin and end my day.
For God is glory-filled from beginning to end.
God found a way
Using ordinary people with extraordinary measures
to save me. to save you.
Just as He’s always promised.
Thank You, Lord. Thank You.
Christmas truly is the ultimate gift.
How about you? What personal gifts do you see while reading the Christmas story? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.
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