LUKE 2: 6-7 (MSG)
‘While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.’
I have heard some discussion on the use of a manger to lay a baby in. Discussion also surrounds the ‘no room in the inn’. Were they in a stable, or was it a cave... who knows but it would seem far from ideal.
Here in the UK lots of stuff is involved when having a baby. Four-dimensional ultrasound scans, nappies, nappy bags, wipes, vests, hats, multiple outfits, travel system, cot, and that’s even without the cast of baby’s feet and hands. Perhaps a direct comparison cannot be made, after all Mary does not live in 21st century Britain. However, from the reading it does seem pretty basic. Not much luxury for baby Jesus. Still perhaps those conditions do not exist today.
A heavily pregnant lady who is far from her home was visited this week. She was not called Mary. There was room for her in a shared house. However she too had felt she was left with little choice but to make a perilous journey. As in Luke’s account there was little baby equipment and few luxuries. In fact there was no food in the house at all. Nothing. No money either as her card used to withdraw money from the post office had malfunctioned. No baby stuff. No baby clothes. No nappies. Not even a manger. The mother to be produced a letter. It stated that she needed to go into the hospital in two days time and would be induced. She had no idea what the letter said because it was written in a language that she could not understand - English.
I think Jesus understands what this woman is going through because His mother also faced obstacles.
- What preparations were made for your birth or the birth of your children?
- What has God highlighted to you today?
- What are you going to do about it?