“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation Luke 1:46-50
Christmas is about nothing greater than the mercy. In mercy God sent a star for wise men, angels for shepherds and light for people in darkness. In mercy God chose Bethlehem, the city of the shepherd David and in mercy God chose us to hear the same message of hope in the life of one child born in a dark stable in Bethlehem 2000 years ago.
I know a little of the darkness of barns and remember walking every morning to the barn across the road long ago. First I would light a little stub of a candle and put it on the beam near the stall. Then I would put a little corn and hay into the feed-trough and gently wash the cow with warm water that I had brought over in the milk pail. In a quiet and humble place like that, our Lord Jesus was born among cattle and hay with maybe a barn cat or two to observe the scene. A young woman named Mary was giving birth alone in the stable but for her husband Joseph. In that moment the air was pierced by the cry of the child who came to give His life for our world.
Merry Christmas and God bless you with His mercy that still echoes from that generation to us today!