Did you ever wonder - if we would still collect manger scenes if they were like the real one. Ours are always clean and neat - some are sparkly and richly painted - and yet the reality was a crude and dirty animal home. I wonder if it was cold?
Since we don't really know the date of this great event (or season) and I am not familiar with the climate in that area - I often wonder ... were they cold? Were they hungry?
I know women have been "birthin' babies" since Eve - but it brings tears to my eyes when I think of a young teenage girl, with her new husband, who had kept her pure thru out her pregnancy . . . delivering the Savior of the world. I delivered 3 babies (they were 10lbs 10oz, 10lbs even and 7lbs 15.5oz) and I know, I would not have survived out in a stable all alone with only my husband to help me thru the delivery process - and he is not a carpenter but a farmer who was brought up around animals and such things.
But we can't lose sight of the fact that God was in the midst - and he was not going to let anything happen to them, that he didn't want to happen. He had a plan for this Son of His. A plan that includes you and me - and all of his children.
As we approach our Day of Celebration - I pray that God will be in the midst of your gatherings and festivities. I pray we keep our eyes on Him, Who He is and What He has done - more so than the gifts under the tree and the treats on the tables.
May God be glorified thru our celebrations and in our lives.