Dr. Dan Hayden

So, when are you really a loser . . . when somebody says you are? When you, yourself, think you are? Or, when you actually lose?

I am writing this the day after the Iowa caucuses (February 2, 2016), and Donald Trump lost to Ted Cruz. In fact, according to political pundits, Ted Cruz got more votes than any other candidate in Iowa history.

The irony in all of this is that Donald Trump boasted of running the table in the Republican Primaries. He boasted that he’s a winner—and winners don’t lose. The hard reality however is that he did lose. Even Marco Rubio closed his margin on Mr. Trump to finish a strong third. So, is Donald Trump a loser?


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Dr. Dan Hayden

Mary was exhausted. The seventy mile trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem tended to be a long, arduous journey–especially for a woman nearing the final days of being “with child.” Jostling on a donkey or in a cart made by her husband for so many days had only made matters worse. Traffic was crazy, with thousands of people trying to get to the place of their lineage to register for the Roman tax. No one was happy.

Hope for a comfortable room at the Bethlehem Inn quickly dissolved into the reality of a bed of straw in an animal shelter. Labor pains began. No doctor or nurse would be available–not even a midwife–only Joseph. What in the world was God doing? This was HIS baby. You’d think He would have arranged something better for the birth of His son. The night promised to be uncomfortably long and painful.

Instead, the birth of the virgin baby wrapped this peasant couple in a mysterious joy. Nothing about their humble situation had changed by the next day. Bad smells . . . animal sounds . . . tired bones . . . the swollen town hustling along, ignoring who they were and what had happened in the night. Mary and Joseph sat alone in the shadows of the shelter, staring in wonder at their baby. Could it really be true that this helpless infant was GOD? Unbelievable!

Yet, it had to be real . . . just as the angel had said.


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