Jesus was born, not into an organization or hierarchy, but into a little family that would love Him. This was important to God’s plan. A teenage mother who would hold Him tightly, not at arms-length, but as if she would never let Him go. A young man, Joseph, who would have to “stand in” for God Himself to cradle, protect and guide a little boy that would never really be His own. As Jesus would grow to be the Cornerstone for all mankind, Joseph would have to be the rock solid foundation for this heaven-made family on earth through turbulent and uncertain days.
In the same way, all believers are held tightly in the soft embrace of a family assembled by birth or by choice, surrounded by a fortress of Hope built by the Rock of our Salvation. In a hard world, we can be like living stones – standing firm against pressure, while being made smooth by constant friction on all sides. The human heart is a fragile muscle of flesh, yet nothing is stronger than a heart filled with the hope that was born with a Baby who was laid in both a manger chiseled from rock and a tomb of stone. Neither would hold Him for long, but He will make His steadfast home in our hearts forever if we let Him.