DECEMBER 20 / LUKE 2:1-7

At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census.

And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

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Do you think Jesus’ birth in a manger was an unfortunate accident or did God plan that? Why? Do you think that we, from time to time, exclude Jesus from our lives unintentionally? When?

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“Lord Jesus, when You were born, there was no room for You in the inn and Israel wasn’t looking for a Messiah like You. Please don’t let us shut You out. Let us always be open to Your presence and Your direction.”

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