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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 25, 2020

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FRIDAY, December 25
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Luke 2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Mary knew her baby would probably be born on the road, so she packed a bag for him. She didn’t know where he would be born, but she knew he would need something soft to keep him warm.

My mother knew I was coming, too. Even though I couldn’t stay with her and my father and sisters, she wrapped me in the softest blanket in the house before I left for the hospital. Later, my American mother wrapped me in a small blue blanket and held me for an entire trans-continental plane flight because there was no place for me to sit. I rested safely in layers of love.

God’s goodness is like Mary’s swaddling cloths, those precious blankets she put aside and kept close for her baby—always ready to wrap us up and deliver us into love, no matter where we are going, no matter where we are.

MOVING FORWARD: Wrap up in your favorite blanket and read today’s lesson from Luke.

PRAY for the Peace of Jerusalem and the People of Bethlehem

Ps 96 | Isaiah 9:2-7 | Titus 2:11-14 | Luke 2:1-14(15-20)

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