And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. Luke 2:12
As a child, Christmas was a simple endeavor in our home. Although financially secure as adults, both of my parents grew up poor and were frugal people. They didn’t go overboard on gifts and decorations. Many of the ornaments on our tree were handmade, and we never had Christmas lights on the tree or the exterior of our house.
Our very most treasured decoration, more so than even the tree, was our simple nativity set. During the Christmas season I played endlessly with the pieces, rearranging the shepherds and wise men. Repositioning Mary and Joseph and especially baby Jesus.
It’s not surprising that “Away in the Manger” was my favorite Christmas carol during those years.
The lyrics are as simple as our Christmas was.
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus lay down His sweet head.
So direct in what my response to Him should be.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky.
And His response to me.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care
And take us to Heaven to live with Thee there.
I found comfort in the words. Christ had come into this world as a newborn baby. He knew what it was like to be a child. He loved me and tenderly cared for me (and all children). And someday I would live with Him in heaven.
This Christmas, I pray that the simple message of Christ in the manger is central in my celebration—and in yours too. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
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