For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.
Luke 2:11-12 ESV

Hope—God’s greatest gift—came to us wrapped in a simple baby blanket, full of joy, life, and love.

Wrapped tightly in His mother’s arms inside a stable filled with the presence of God, Mary cherished every part of her new little boy.

As she held his tiny hands and listened to His newborn coos, did she know her precious baby would reach out those hands to heal the sick, use His voice to teach the Holy Scriptures, and wrap His arms around those grieving to bring them comfort?

Did she know her tiny baby boy, so full of life, would one day spread wide His arms across a wooden cross, and willingly give up His life so that all of mankind could obtain the greatest hope—eternity with Him?

In one tiny package God gave Mary, and us, the best He had to give, His only son, so we could have Hope that God is with us—Emmanuel—our Peace in times of trouble, our Joy in times of sorrow.

Jesus—the only Real Hope for a hurting world.

During this busy season, may we take a moment to stop and ponder the sweet, small baby that came to bring peace and hope to our world.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Romans 15:13 ESV


StephanieKAdams pictureStephanie K. Adams is the Founder of REAL Women Ministries, where a community of women gather to grow their Relationship with each other and God through Encouragement and Accountability to studying the Bible, and cultivating a Love for His Word.

Stephanie’s writings have been featured at The Blythe Daniel Agency’s Blog Spot, LifeNotes Cafe, Sweet Jesus Ministries, Sweet to the Soul Ministries, 818 Ministries, and Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. 

Stephanie enjoys reading, a good cup of coffee, and Saturday breakfast with her husband, Rick.


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Susan B Mead

Stephanie, this is beautiful. Did she know? Who could imagine?

I learned about swaddling cloth when in Bethlehem last year. Burial cloth. Now add THAT to the equation!

I wrote about it here if you would like to see. Susanbmead.com/little-town-of-Bethlehem/

Stephanie K. Adams

Susan, I loved your post! Thank you so much for sharing it here.
Merry Christmas, friend! Praying for you as you have the empty chair at your table. Much love and prayers.


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