And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7 (NASB)
Do you wonder how Mary felt giving birth to her first Son under the circumstances in which she found herself that day? Today we have soft new baby clothes and clean blankets to wrap our newborn babies. Luke tells us that Mary “wrapped him in cloths.” This loving Mother did her best to keep her baby comfortable with what she had available.
We plan and prepare for our new babies: buying cradles or cribs with matching sheets and bumper pads. Nothing is too good for our little ones. But Mary placed her precious Son in a manger, a wooden or stone feeding trough for animals. Was this tiny Baby really placed on scratchy hay?
After we give birth in clean hospitals, we bring our babies home to warm houses or apartments. Mary would have given birth in her home, but she was traveling and could not find room in a hotel. Was the stable cold and dirty? It could not have been very comfortable. Imagine giving birth to your first baby in a barn with smelly animals!
What an amazing Mother Mary was! We have no indication in scripture that she complained about the conditions surrounding the birth of her Son. She did not make demands for a better place for herself and her baby. This special Mother treasured in her heart all that happened at the birth of her Son.
Thank you, Father, for choosing an amazing Mother for your Son. Please provide for mothers who do not have basic necessities for their babies.
© 2012 Diane E. Hussey