We raise beef cattle.
Stuart has feeders and fats,
heifers, bulls, and cows.
One thing they all do is poop.
That means lots of manure.
He scrapes the barns and then
he piles it up
and spreads it on fields as fertilizer.
It does not smell good.
It actually smells quite awful.
Now imagine having your baby
in one of these barns.
That is what Mary did.
She suffered the pain of childbirth
in a stinky stable.
Then she wrapped her brand new baby
That baby was a King
who humbled himself and
came to earth to save us.
He could have been born in a palace
but his simple birth
is a reminder to us.
He came in to that dirty, smelly place
as a gift to us.
He comes into the smelly, filthy parts of our life
and loves us.
I can't fathom my life without my faith,
yet many times when troubles come
I try to do it on my own.
Then I call on him and he changes everything.
He gives me strength.
He fills my world with light and hope.
Jesus wants to be involved in our daily lives.
He wants to be involved in
where we go and what we do,
our simple, ordinary days.
I pray you know the presence of Jesus
who is the very reason for
the Christmas season.
May you have joy and peace that only
Christ can give as we honor him
on his birthday.
Merry Christmas everyone!
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord