Stable Condition

Luke 2:11 For this day in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (the Messiah). 12 And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find a Baby wrapped in [swaddling] cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.”

Both yesterday and again this morning, we celebrated Christmas with family. We feasted, laughed, watched football, listened to Christmas music and enjoyed each other’s company.

We enjoyed a huge traditional dinner with roast turkey and baked ham with corn, creamy mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, tasty pasta salad, broccoli salad, crunchy chips and dips, assorted cheese and sausage, hot buttery rolls, chocolates and rich desserts.

We exchanged gifts, brightly wrapped, and embellished with bows. Nephews sledded in our backyard and people played ball in the snow with our dog Beau. Folks gathered round the fire on the porch out back chatting in the peaceful, windless cold.

For once, I relaxed and enjoyed what was a traditional family Christmas, just like you’d see on the Hallmark channel.

The calm and satisfying contentment after spending time with family, lets me know that all is right in the world. Yes, hosting Christmas was hard work, but the laughter and smiles made my heart overflow.

Thank you, God for sending your son, born in a stable, swaddled in a manger. Thank you for caring enough about us enough to take us from our current, messy conditions and leave us instead, in a stable condition.