3: Manger

Man·ger /ˈmānjər/
a long open box or trough for horses or cattle to eat from.

Unfamiliar voices, the bleating of sheep, the braying of donkeys — these sounds quickly let us know that the stable is no place for a baby to be born. Yet, you can almost palpate the air of love and warmth and joy.

Have you recently had an unwelcome or unpleasant change in circumstances or fortune?

Do not be afraid, for you have a champion — Jesus — who was born in a manger. It was no cot, but the baby Jesus felt comfy in the manger surrounded by the love of his parents on that wintry night.

If you look closely,

you will find comfort even when you feel out of place. In a friendly face, a soft-spoken word, the sound of gentle whispers, a light pat on your back, the unnoticed glimpses of Jesus’ glowing face will bring hope and comfort and calmness to the raging storms in your life.

And Jesus does not discriminate. He comes to whoever invites Him. If that’s your heart, He will come.

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In the vicissitudes of life, you can find divine providence.

Jesus is patting your back right now, saying — I am here. For you.

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:77

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Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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