Happy Winter! Yesterday officially marked the first day of winter, the shortest day of the year. From this point forward, there will be more hours of day light. I say, YAY! This morning it was a crisp six degrees. That's just down right cold in my book. Yet, I am so richly blessed with a warm, cozy home; heavy clothing; dependable vehicle; good employment; and plenty of nourishing food.
The temperatures in the Middle East may not be as cold in temperature this time of year, but I'm sure to them the air seems crisp. Can you imagine being nine months pregnant and having to travel at this time of year? How comfortable do you think it is riding a donkey under normal circumstances yet alone being pregnant? Picture a journey on the back of a donkey over rough terrain, steep inclines, cold weather, pregnant, and no rest stops.
Consider also, the relief you would feel at finally reaching your destination after such a long journey. Yet once you arrive you are told there is no place to stay. All lodging is full. You're tired. You're cold. You're hungry. You can feel that time is nearing for your baby to make its appearance into the world. Finally, a place to rest.......it's a barn filled with animals (have you ever been in a barn?) but at least it's dry and warm, and you can get off the donkey and rest.
These are the circumstances under which Mary delivered our Lord and Savior when He arrived in this world. There are people all around us in need of warm clothing, nourishing food, a kind word. Share the warmth of your blessings and Christ's love today, This Day.
Peace and Joy,