We will be posting one every Monday and Wednesday leading up to Christmas. Click on the posts below to read the full devotions.
Anna is the very last character in the Christmas Story. Mary and Joseph have left behind the shepherds and the stable animals, stopping in the temple to fulfill their requirements of their faith.
A couple of years ago all over the local news in Louisville was a story about the Flynn family who woke up one December morning and looked out their front window at their manger scene.
When Jesus was born, he was placed in a manger, a simple box to feed animals. He and his family rested inside a stable. It was a dirty smelly place. We can be sure Mary and Joseph cleaned it as best they could. After all, this was their first child.
It’s encouraging that Luke’s gospel shares this brief passage about the shepherds. The shepherds are fieldworker and considered lowly in society.
“Good Tidings of Great Joy” comes from the angel’s words in the Gospel of Luke. The angels had come to the shepherds tending their flocks at night for them to know the Messiah had been born.
In the Gospel of Luke, Joseph is a model of quiet obedience in the narrative background. It’s easy when reading Luke to overlook Joseph and his significance if we do not pay closer attention.
I can just feel all the emotions that Mary must have been feeling after her visit by the angel Gabriel and the visit with her cousin Elizabeth that confirmed things the angel told her.
The account of the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary is given in a few brief verses. Gabriel’s salutation was discomforting to Mary, setting her mind spinning to understand. Despite the confusion and questions, Mary waited for more information.