The Manger Awaits

“When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us”. And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.”

Luke 2:15-16

Why were the shepherds the first to hear the announcement of the birth of the Savior? Perhaps it was because they were humble enough to believe and to act upon the good news. They went with haste down the rocky hillside, guided by a wondrous star. They did not tarry until they found the precious babe. What joy must have filled their hearts as they knelt at the manger!

Just as the baby Jesus was waiting for the shepherds on the first Christmas Eve, he is waiting on this night for all who will hasten to Him in love and humility.

Let us go to the manger once more and kneel before the Christ Child with joy and thanksgiving.

Loving God, we thank you that you were willing to come to earth, live as we live, and die to save us. We do not understand the wonderful mystery; but we accept it with grateful hearts. We confess that we have not always loved one another as you love us. On this glorious night, we pray that you will forgive us and strengthen our desire to be more like Jesus. May the song of the angels and the light of the star remain with us and bless us forever. Amen.

Marcy Lang—1990

Have you opened your heart to Jesus? have you received Him with love and humility?
If you have consider sharing your story of Jesus’s birth in your heart with someone this week. If you haven’t consider why you haven’t. He’s waiting for you…

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