Devotion of the Day

The Pattern of Bethlehem

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:7

At Christmas we say much of the meaning of His coming to earth, the mission, the message, but we sometimes overlook the manner of His Advent. God set it up in a pattern we never would have dreamed. He was born in a stable to a lowly peasant couple in an insignificant town in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire. Think how we would have arranged it in this publicity-mad day! That same pattern my Lord followed all His days and the Church might take a hint today, when Hollywood sets the style.

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