It's so easy to get caught up in the wish lists, the presents, the wrapping, the decorations, the cooking, the holiday stress, the baking, the traditions, the Christmas cards and the parties.
And all of that does make this time of the year so special, but......
I hope each of you can take a moment to reflect on what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.
Sometimes it is so easy to forget and not take a moment to truly understand the reason for the season.
When I was a little girl, I would scour the Bible searching for the Christmas story.
I have always been so fascinated by it and all the details of the story.
It is amazing.
When i was in grade school I got to play Mary at the local church play.
Even though I had not a single speaking line, I was so excited about carrying that baby doll and laying him in a manger.
If I really sit down and think about it and all the miracle circumstances that go with the biblical passages about the Christmas story, I am left in awe of the mighty man above that connects us all.
Just wanted to share with each of you my favorite Bible Story.
The Birth of Jesus
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph,, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us."
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. -King James Version
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."
-King James Versions
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.
-King James Version
Merry Christmas Ya'll!
I pray many blessings to you and your families where ever you may be this season.