Luke 2:1-7In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
LORD God, ‘powerful leaders’ push people around with their decrees, but Jesus, your promised King, begins his life in our world as a helpless newborn, tightly wrapped in cloths, lying in a manger because there was no bed! In this season please help me to live in the wonder of your upside-down Kingdom where your love for us, God, compels you to become helpless, vulnerable and dependent. Thank you for loving me that much, may your Kingdom come in and through my life today.