Celebrate! by Renee Fisher

Series: Faithbook of Jesus Devotional
Renee Fisher

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

I love Christmastime. It’s a time to celebrate with family and friends and to learn more about the ultimate gift, Jesus. We also endure full shopping malls, present-buying frenzies, travel plans, and million-calorie foods. In the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s important not to forget the reason we celebrate.

Christmas started with a teenage girl named Mary. She was a virgin and pledged to marry Joseph (see Luke 1:27). An angel greeted her and told her not to be afraid. She could easily have become an outcast because at that time unwed women who got pregnant were killed or ostracized from society.

Mary went to visit her friend Elizabeth, who was also pregnant with a ...

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