And she . . . laid Him in a manger, because there was no room

                     for them in the inn.

                            (Luke 2:7)


The crèches and nativity scenes that we put up every Christmas do not capture the pain and the agony of our Lord’s birth. Every moment of His life was under a constant threat, particularly those embryonic years of His development. Nevertheless, God still brought hope in those dark places. This fact means everything in the life of the believer. It means that if you find yourself in dark places or in hopeless situations, He can bring both light and hope to your circumstances right now.