For the past 28 years, I have had the privilege of putting up the Manger scene every November and taking it down every January. (Sometimes, when it was 5 below zero, or raining or snowing cats and dogs the ‘privilege’ part was a little questionable!) I took-over from my friend and elder-partner, Bob Weber – now home with the Saints in Heaven. Someday, someone will take-over for me. (You may consider that a request for help!)
Once, when we put up the Manger, I lost my wedding ring and we searched the straw for hours, trying to find it, but to no avail. Miracle of all miracles, when we took it down in January, with 12 inches of snow on the ground, we found my ring! God is Good! But, where else would you expect to see a miracle, if not at the Manger of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
When we see that manger, it is a reminder of 2 important truths. It Reminds us that THE BIBLE’S ACCOUNT OF JESUS BIRTH IS LITERAL AND RELIABLE and that CHRIST WILL LIVE WHERE ROOM IS MADE FOR HIM. Here in the manger is visible proof that God does keep his promises, that God loves each of us and all the world. God is faithful and loving! 1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
O holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend to us we pray!
Cast out our sin and enter in; Be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels and great glad tidings tell;
Oh, come to us, Abide with us, Our Lord Immanuel!