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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Jesus!


Our tradition for the past 7 years has been homemade waffles on Christmas morning (smoked apple bacon in the mix today, yummy!). But this year we've added a new tradition to remind us of the "Reason for the Season". Today was much more special since we got up and before opening any gifts, sat down, each taking a turn, husband and daughter to read portions of the Birth of Jesus story.

Reading that first thing really brought it all home. For years I'd already broken the habit of rushing to the Mall and stressing out to buy gifts that would please everyone (I just began baking and NO one complained). Even though I was raised in a Christian family, taught exactly what Christmas was all about, once on my own it became so commercialized and the focus was ONLY on gift giving. So much so that it all but dulled the memory of the only precious "Gift" that really mattered and that was God sending His son to die on the cross for my sins. It would be a no brainer to give up my life for my child, but to give up my child for others?? UH...NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

The Christmas story is so much more precious to me now than ever before. As I get older I'm not so focused on the gifts (though I'm not going to kid myself, I do have a few special request in mind each year, so as Steve Harvey would say... "Don't Trip, God's Not Through With Me Yet").

Here's the Christmas Story....enjoy! And have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

Luke 2:1-20

The Birth of Jesus

 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 their 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 guest room available for them.

 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.

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