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While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:6-7).

The Nativity Scene, also sometimes called the Manger Scene, has become synonymous with Christmas and the birth. We make it out to be awww so cute. The hay is nice and clean and sweet, but the reality is, it was not like that at all. The place was crowded with travelers and with the travelers, their animals, and with the animals, their different smells and not at all pleasing to the nose. The manger reeked of oxen and probably donkey and sheep and horses as well, it was not your nice clean, sweet smelling nursery you just redecorated for the arrival of the new addition to the family. God, in His greatness, could have provided a palace for Him, but He did not. Instead He was saying no matter what the condition of your life is, no matter what you've done, no matter how terrible your life reeks of sin, He is willing to come in and sup with you and you with Him. As long as there is life in your body and room in your heart, no matter the condition or the smells, He will come in, no one is too far away. The nice clean inn had no room, but Jesus said it is not the righteous, but the unrighteous He came to call. For it is the sick that need a doctor not the healthy. It is the same with the smelly, dirty manger, Jesus will come in and clean it up no matter what you did or said or how far away you may be, just provide room.

Heavenly Father, thank you that You are a respecter of no persons, but all are equal in Your sight. Thank You that You don't avoid the smelly, stinky parts of our lives but that You are willing to come in and bring Your beauty for ashes. I thank You now, in Jesus name, amen.

by Dominion Connection

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