1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Lord, thank You for the gift of Jesus, Your Son, who came as a babe in a manger, born so He could die for my sins on the cross. Thank You for the gift of salvation. Lead me in Your ways so I live in accordance with the marvelous gift of salvation. In the name of Jesus Christ, who came as a babe and died as a sacrifice and rose as a Savior. Amen.