Merry Christmas!

1010From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!  I pray that today you celebrate BIG with the people you love, enjoy TONS of good food, and open a few gifts that make you SMILE! Our family will enjoy all of those things, for sure.  But, before we do, we’ll take a few minutes to celebrate the One who gave the best Gift of all.

It all began long, long ago….

“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.  Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.  After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.” Luke 2:6-20

But, the story doesn’t end there….

Jesus grew to be a man – fully God, yet fully man.  He taught others to follow Him, and ultimately He laid His life down as a sacrifice for all.  His death – the shedding of His blood – paid the penalty for the sin of all mankind.  For my sin. For yours.  I can’t begin to imagine what that was like for Him, but it brings tears to my eyes.  His gift is the greatest ever given.

Today, if you are a Believer, celebrate Him.  Take time to pray.  Praise Him for His goodness, mercy, and grace.  Thank Him for family, friends, and blessings.  Intercede for those who don’t yet know Him.  Walk with Him awhile.  He really is the Reason for the season.

Merry Christmas, friends!

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