What do you have to do today? Probably a number of last minute things before Christmas. But they’ll get done and we will have a good day. I think back to that first Christmas Eve. It really was not such a good day for Mary and Joseph. They had just entered Bethlehem after a five day journey from Nazareth. Joseph made the rounds of several Inns trying to find lodging. Nothing. No room. The couple was exhausted. Mary, in her ninth month of carrying her first child, ached, and was near tears as they were jostled about in the crowds. A stable hewn out of the hillside was the best they could find, but at least it was out of the wind, and a spot could be made somewhat comfortable with a pile of straw. That first Christmas Eve was not attended by Christmas Card beauty, but by fear, anguish, lack, and discomfort. It was into this world, our world with all of its anguish and pain, that God sent His Son. He did not come as a great king or an exalted religious leader. He came as a baby to humble parents in difficult times. You see, “we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are…”(Hebrews 4:15) Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, became one of us so that He could open the way of life for us all.