At last, Joseph found a shelter for Mary to rest. It was only a
stable for oxen, cattle, and donkeys. Not a palace, not a lovely
home—and yet, it was exactly the right spot, the very place God
had chosen. And before long, Mary gave birth to God's only Son.
Mary wrapped sweet baby Jesus in clean strips of soft cloth. Then
she gently laid Him upon the straw in a wooden manger, the very
same manger that the oxen and cows had eaten from.