Monday, December 22, 2008

Brrrrr, It's Cold Outside!

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'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,


Luke 2 (NIV) 4So 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. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and 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.


gigi said...

I think of Mary often and what she must have been thinking and feeling and especially at Easter. How could a mother go through that with out the help of the Lord?

I love the Christmas song, Mary Did You Know. It is so tender and makes you really think. Mary Christmas.

Katherine Aucoin said...

I have a very strong faith in the Blessed Mother, she is the Queen of Heaven. Merry Christmas Susan.

Lisa's Place said...

Truly Jesus is the reason for the season. I'm so glad he came to redeem mankind. Thank God for Jesus.

Jessica said...

Wow your blog is very uplifting. I'm a fellow believer and born-again Christian. I really enjoyed this really puts things into perspective when you think about what Mary must have felt like during the first Christmas.

lagirl said...

Just the thought of giving birth with no epideril is bad enough, but to do it in a barn and with no one trained in "labor & delivery" is just something I can't even imagine. Then, ewww, no sanitation. Ugh! God surely was in the midst of this miracle.

Merry Christmas Susan!!