Although today is December 13th I am catching up with our advent calendar. The unexpected trials in life have caused us to fall behind...a sudden, unanticipated death in our extended family, cars that won't start, etc. So, today on the 13th, I will go back to December 10th and box #10 in the Advent Calendar:
"While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son..."
A long journey, and now a birth of the anticipated One. Mary had been told by the angel that she would carry the Messiah. He would be named Jesus. Joseph was told by the angel that he should still take Mary as his wife because this was all God's plan. And now that they were in Bethlehem, the very place that God had said that the Messiah would come from...Jesus was born. God's plan, to redeem people to Himself through the birth and sacrifice of His One and Only Son, was finally entering the world. Hope!