“And it came about that while they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her first-born son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
“And in the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields, and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. And the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger.’
“And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly host, praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.’
“And it came about when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds began saying to one another, ‘Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.’ And they came in haste and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.
“And when they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.
“And when eight days were completed before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.”
(From Luke 2 NASB)
A blessed Merry Christmas to you, dear follower or friend of this blog…. Thanking God with you that He sent His Son—Emmanuel, God With Us
P. A. Oltrogge
Make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
where there is injury-pardon,
where there is doubt-faith,
where there is despair-hope,
where there is darkness-light,
and where there is sadness-joy.
Divine Master, grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive—
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Attributed to Saint Francis Of Assisi