On their final night before becoming parents, Joseph was scrambling to do everything in his power to ease Mary’s pain. Unfortunately, there was no internet to book rooms in advance. Price Line hadn’t been invented to compare prices so that they could get a good rate at an inn in Bethlehem. Everywhere they went the same message was shared, “sorry, no vacancy.” This trail of rejection led to a stable where God’s son would lay in a manger.
Now in the sixth month [after that], the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 To a girl never having been married and a [v]virgin engaged to be married to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, Hail, O favored one [[w]endued with grace]! The Lord is with you! [x]Blessed (favored of God) are you before all other women! – Luke 1:26-28
Dolly Parton isn’t the person you probably thought I would choose to sing Mary Did You Know? Yet, Dolly is probably the most famous country music singer of all time. And now that I reside in the south. Dolly seemed to be a good fit on Christmas Eve. Yes, I know from the star of the Best Little Whore House in Texas to singing a Christmas classic is a stretch, but Jesus did come to seek and to save that which was lost, Luke 19:10. Therefore, all sinners are welcome at the foot of Jesus’ cross. Happy Christmas Eve!
by Jay Mankus