A Stream Of Faith
By Charles E. Westbrook
“And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.” - Luke 2:7a
An angel of the Lord told Mary that she was with child. The child was going to be born soon. Joseph and Mary had to go to Bethlehem to register for the census because Joseph belonged to the line of David. Together they made the trip, and they were tired. Mary was just about ready to deliver, and they had to find some place to stop for the night. All the places to stay had already taken. An innkeeper said that he didn't have room but that they could stay in the town stable.
The streets must have been full of noise with everyone walking by and talking. They were in a stable, so I suppose that it was full of animals of all kinds. No sleeping for Mary and Joseph. The child was born that night and being cold and no with bed she had to place him in cloths and a manger bed. No one knew about it, and I wonder if things would have been different if they did. The angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds who was watching they flocks, and after they had heard the news, they made their way to Bethlehem. They wanted to see the child and worship him.
When the child was born they called, his name Jesus and no one knew that he one day would be the savior of the world. As he lay in the manger, he was quiet and looked at everyone who came to see him, fell to their knees and worshiped him. Even the animals looked on at him.
After the shepherds went to see the child they were so excited about what they had seen they started telling whomever they saw. Soon they went back to the see the child.
Three kings came and brought gifts and praised the child, and Mary held everything in her heart. The star that guided them to the stop where Jesus was born continued to shine brightly in the dark sky.
I know it's a few months before Christmas, but, we need to be reminded that we should carry the Christmas spirit with us and spread it in all directions. I believe that when we get caught up in the Christmas season we forget about the truth of our savior's birthday. We tend leave Him out of everything. We have to be reminded of what we are really doing on Christmas.
We must be focused on what we are doing and why. Jesus Christ came to us as a baby ready to grow up and help us with our lives. We seem to forget about Christmas being his day, and we need a reminder every now and then. Our lives should be focused on him, but he only gets involved when we let him.
I urge you to take time out and have a Christmas moment. Think year round about the true meaning of Christmas. Whether it's December or July, Jesus is always there. He knocks but waits for you to answer that knock before he comes in to be with you.
From my desk to your home let me say Merry Christmas.
Westbrook is a member of Pearl United Methodist Church and a regular contributor to the “Advocate.”