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The other day we were building a Lego manger scene with the kids. For the first time it struck me how very crowded that stable must have been. With animals, and later shepards there would have been little to no privacy.
But Jesus came to be with the people.From the very first hours of his life he was with the people- born in an overflowing city and crowded stable.
Later in his life he was always compassionate to the people, never pushing them away for the sake of his privacy.
In our times we sometimes fret and complain because we have no space, no worldly mansion, no place of our own.
Yet perhaps we need to look beyond that to the one who came to prepare for us a home that will never fade, and learn a lesson from him who didn’t even have a place to lay his head.