Luke 2:16 – Love Found In A Manger

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. (Luke 2:16 ESV)

When I was 18, I spent countless hours making a ceramic nativity set. The project took over a year because of the labor-intensive steps involved. Much love went into it knowing it was for the family God would eventually bless me with. I trusted that God would bring the right man and children into my life. I was making the nativity set in preparation for that future family.

On the first Christmas I was married, I was amazed when I

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Luke 2:4-5 – A Long Journey

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. (Luke 2:4-5 ESV)

A house guest was surprised to see my nativity set outside encrusted in snow and ice. I have thought about everyone who had seen it over the years and never questioned it.

I faithfully set this rustic wooden set outside at the beginning of Advent each year. It looks harsh and implies how severe the journey to Bethlehem must have been. It reminds me how many sacrifices and hardships the holy family endured, starting with Mary agreeing to conceive through the Holy Spirit. Who among us would have the courage to act as nobly as Mary did? She boldly accepted God’s will and whatever difficulties and complications came with it. None of it was easy including the arduous journey she made wearing flimsy sandals on her feet and a donkey to ride. Can you imagine her being pregnant and walking nearly 80 miles under such extreme conditions at the age of 13 with an older man she barely knew? Mary did it because God asked.

When I see

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