Scripture Reading: Luke 2: 4b -7

“And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.  She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.”

Luke, the physician, writer of the gospel

We made it to the manger. A week is left in our countdown to Christmas; we dive deep into the Christmas story. Luke records the only account of the actual birth of Jesus, Mary’s firstborn son. We know later in Luke chapter 2 that the baby was wrapped snuggly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger. The parents were loving and caring for their baby. We know from Ezekial 16: 4, that caring for a baby meant cutting the cord, washing, rubbing with salt, and wrapping the baby in cloth. This was a sign of a beloved baby. Interesting that Luke would mention twice that this baby was wrapped in cloth. Was not every baby in Bethlehem swaddled in cloth? But maybe that is the point. David Mathis of DesiringGod.org, remarks that the swaddling cloths were perhaps ” a mark of the commonness of his newborn humanity.” This idea warms my heart. Our Messiah born and swaddled just like any other ordinary baby, came to earth to accomplish extraordinary things.

Nativity Fast

For Christmas this year we decided to go with the theme of an Italian feast. We will gather together on Christmas day, enjoy each other’s company, and feast on meatballs, gnocchi, and pasta. Leading up to the feast I have been creating some oil-free Italian dishes. Tonight I made a polenta spaghetti squash dish. It turned out very well. Sometimes spaghetti squash is not robust enough for a meal, but adding creamy polenta gave it that full comfort feel that an Italian dish delivers

Easy Spaghetti Squash Polenta 

1 package 

ANCIENT HARVEST

Traditional Yellow Polenta

1 jar favorite organic Mariana sauce 

1 spaghetti squash 

1 onion 

2 cloves garlic 

1tsp oregano 

¼ cup rice milk or plant-based milk

 Preheat oven 375. Step 1: cook spaghetti squash.  Take whole squash, wrap in foil, place in the oven on a pan. Cook for 1hour. 

Sauté garlic and whole onion. No oil needed, just slow, on medium, stirring often. Add oregano and salt. 

Cook creamy polenta as directed on package using rice milk. 

Take Spaghetti squash out if oven cut in half and spoon out the squash. 

When everything is done, layer your creation: polenta first, spaghetti squash, then sauce. Add plant-based parmesan cheese. 

Today sharing a video from Chris Tomlin and We the Kingdom, can’t get enough of this combination.