Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!


 

 May your Christmas be warm and cozy...

The real gift of Christmas...

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.


So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

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 of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ 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,
      and on earth peace to men 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 2:1-20

Picture: The Sledding Party by Robert Duncan; allposters.com

10 comments:

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Merry and Blessed Christmas to you too. Andy just read this at our family celebration. Paul used to and it is nice that Andy reads it now. Peace and Joy to you and all your family.

scrappy quilter said...

Merry Christmas Brenda. I hope you and your family have a wonderful day tomorrow. Hugs

Mrs.Rabe said...

Merry Christmas!

I hope you have a special day!

Brenda Leyland said...

Happy Christmas.... wishing you blessings of great joy!

moreofhim said...

Merry Christmas!! Have a wonderful day and may God bless you and your family always.

Blessings-Julie

Becky K. said...

Merry Christmas Brenda!

I read often and comment little but I am thankful for you.

May God richly bless your family with His presence and love.

Becky K.

matty said...

Merry Christmas!

mom2six said...

Merry Christmas! May you feel Immanuel, God with us, surrounding you today!

Heather said...

Merry Christmas Brenda! I hope you are enjoying a day of quiet joys and simple blessings, as we are! Even in the pouring rain, He reigns!

Beth said...

Merry Christmas! We did a new thing this year for our family. I found a box of "Adornaments" in my husband's "stash" of Christmas things. In the box were 12 little ornaments representing an aspect of Jesus, such as a Lamb, a Lion, a Crown, etc. Each ornament had Scripture that went with it and we read each one as a different person put it on the tree. I think they were from Focus on the Family.
Thank you for the wonderful scripture!
Beth