The stable is full when you and I are present.
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“While they were there,
the time came for the baby to be born.”
Luke 2:6 New International Version
All the cast of characters who will take us through the twelve days of Christmas are in the stable.
Through the next twelve days we will not only contemplate the people in the story of Jesus’ birth but how these characters relate to each other.
The truth of Jesus’ birth is too important to skim over quickly.
We have twelve days to contemplate the figures in the stable: Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the animals, the angel, a figure lurking in the shadows, and the baby.
As we journey with these characters we’ll find ourselves in the stable too. It is important for us to remember that this is not merely a story about a baby being born (that happens every day). This is a story of God entering human history. This is a story about what God has done for us and what he continues to do among us.
The gang’s all here only when you and I are in the stable.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner