Manger and Birth

Mary and Joseph couldn’t find a room to rent in Bethlehem.  Seeing Mary so close to birth, a kindly innkeeper let them stay in the stable.  There, Mary gave birth to Jesus. She wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger.

Outside of Bethlehem, there were shepherds keeping watch over their flocks.  An angel appeared to them saying, “I bring you good news of great joy for all people: to you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”

The shepherds who had seen the angel found Mary, Joseph and the baby.  They worshipped this newborn savior.  Mary was amazed by these visitors and treasured all that had happened in her heart.

The shepherds returned to their fields glorifying and praising God.  Along the way they told others what had been told to them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.