Every once in a while I find something that expresses exactly how I feel. This is it and I just had to share on this beautiful Christmas morning.
“I love Christmas.
I fully understand that the decorations, gifts, music, consumerism and Santa Claus are not a part of what we are celebrating. I understand there are plenty of arguments about the pagan ties to our celebrations. I totally get that Jesus’ birth likely wasn’t even when we celebrate. To me these things don’t matter, they all remind me of the One we are to celebrate.
To me, all of it points to Jesus. The good. The bad. All of it.
Everything that is Christmas is being redeemed by who He is and what His birth meant for us.
When I see Christmas lights hanging on a tree… I think of Him.
When someone tells me “Happy Holidays”… I think of Him.
When I listen to Christmas music… I think of Him.
When I see sales ads and busy stores bustling with people buying gifts… I think of Him.
When I sit with my family around the Christmas tree… I think of Him.
Everything that is Christmas as we know it reminds me of the greatest gift humanity has ever received. They fill me with anticipation and hope, joy and peace.
I. Love. Christmas.”
~Borrowed from Kyle Froman
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[a]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.”
Merry Christmas my friends!