“You will find the babe lying in a manger.”
This angelic sign to the shepherds is powerful.
Because we will find Jesus in our mangers, too. Our daily tasks. Our menial efforts.
He is there in those moments if we look, and He will provide sustenance and strength.
That is perhaps the greatest lesson I learned this year.
Just earlier this week, my son woke up in the middle of the night and was inconsolably crying. Irrationally wanting me to lay his blanket in just the right way. Then, he would inevitably roll and the blanket would shift and he would cry again. As this repeatedly happened, I felt myself start to lose my level-headedness.
But then I prayed. As I entered the room, a new idea formed and a calmness spread over me.
Christ’s atonement feels the most accessible and powerful to me in these menial moments when I remember in the moment to look for him.
Bethlehem means “house of bread.”
And Jesus called himself the “bread of life.”
He will satisfy our hungers. He will nourish our souls.
He will lay in our mangers.
Look for Him there, and you will be fed.
“As we seek Christ, as we find Him, as we follow Him, we will have the Christmas spirit, not for one fleeting day of the year, but as a companion always.”Thomas S. Monson
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