Monday, December 20, 2010

Let me tell you a true story of a silent night...

 About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire.
This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for.

So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah,
 David's town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there.
He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.

While they were there, the time came for her to give birth.
 She gave birth to a son, her firstborn.
She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room in the hostel.


There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you're to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger."

At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God's praises:

Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over.
 "Let's get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us."
They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing.
They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child.
All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself.
The sheepherders returned and let loose,
glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen.
 It turned out exactly the way they'd been told!

When the eighth day arrived, the day of circumcision, the child was named
(which means "the Lord saves)
the name given by the angel before he was conceived. 

God gave us the greatest Gift
the world has ever seen.

What must we do to accept this gift?

 For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

I hope you and your loved ones have a very Merry Christmas this year
as you celebrate the birth of our savior.

Blessings and love,

Scripture from Luke 2:1-21 The Message
Photos from The Nativity Story

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