Anything, But a Silent Night – Jeff Pearles

jeff pearles And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And, low the angel of the Lord came unto them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angle said unto them, “Fear not; for I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord, Luke 2:7-11 (KJV)

With the yolk of Roman oppression weighing heavily upon Mary and Joseph, the scared young couple, whose relationship was sure to be clouded with scandal back home in Nazareth, make the journey to Bethlehem to pay their taxes. Exhausted and hungry, they finally arrive only to find that there is no room in the inn and to complicate matters, Mary informs Joseph that she is going into labor! Talk about pressure! The best accommodations that Joseph can find for his bride is a stable..... filled with animals! Not the ideal place to have a baby, and to top it all off it's tax day. Things just seem to be getting worse by the minute.

Ave you ever had a bad day? The next time you're having “one of those days” imagine how Mary and Joseph must have felt on that night many years ago when our Savior was born into the world. To them it must have seemed like the longest darkest night ever. However, in the midst of all the chaos on a night that was probably anything but silent, God showed up. If your life is out of order and it seems that things are going from bad to worse, God will show up in the middle of your situation as well, because He had promised that he would. All you have to do is ask. “For unto us is born this day a Savior, Christ the Lord.

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