Put my baby in this feed trough?? This isn’t the way it supposed to be…

“She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.” Luke 2:7

Driving home after Christmas dinner,  thinking of those friends having a “this isn’t the way it supposed to be” kind of Christmas.
Yet, that first Christmas was all about disappointment for Joseph and Mary

-This isn’t the way pregnancy should be – surrounded by attention and advice from the neighborhood… instead, only gossip.

-This isn’t the way a birth should be, encouraged by my mom and aunts as midwives… instead, only Joseph who’s never seen a birth.

So for my friends spending Christmas…
-with their aging parents in the hospital
-in a childless house due to divorce custody arrangements
-comparing their holiday to the happier ones they see on their Facebook feed…

Jesus understands.