Luke 2:14 (NKJV)
14  "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"

I love how today's devotion paints the contrast between the palace and the manger.  Had Jesus been born in a palace, only the elite would have had access.  Only those with perhaps the wealth to pay their way in would make it.  But Jesus was born in a manger, came as a baby, born of a virgin so that all could approach Him.  The lowly shepherds, and then a little later the royal magi.  It is a reminder that Jesus bridges the gap for us to have a relationship with a Holy God.  God with us would be His name. Jesus.  It doesn't matter what you have or what you don't have, Jesus calls us to come to Him empty of ourselves, willing to receive Him as our Lord and Savior.
Last week, Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) went home to be with the Lord.  We all remember him best most likely from those early Andy Griffith shows prior to Gomer Pyle USMC.. The country scatter brain.  As you remember, his high country voice was also transformed at times into a  beautiful deep rich baritone/bass voice when he sang. It almost seemed a little out of place in Mayberry. Quite the opposite of the country Bluegrass Darlin Family,  He was a polished, and an accomplished soloist.  That is a picture of the contrast between the manger and the palace.  God meets anyone right where they are at regardless of social standing, and regardless of what we bring to the table.  In his innocence, Gomer Pyle represented all that is good in mankind. 

Let us join the angels in heaven this day and this Christmas and sing out, Glory to God in the highest , and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!

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