Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry CHRISTmas 2013

Although we have already started celebrating, Christmas Day is officially 4 days away.  My prayer is that in these coming days of preparation, as well as the New Year, that we will all joyfully respond to God’s message. 

Like the shepherds, I want to:
… willingly work at the task at hand
… listen to God’s message and promptings
… respond in obedience
… take that first step in faith
… leave my comfort zone to go where He invites me to go
… invite others to go with me to worship and see
… share with others so they, too, can be part of God’s plan
… glorify and praise God for what He says and does.

And like Mary, I want to treasure up these things and ponder them in my heart.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Luke 2:8-20

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