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Christmas Thought

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. — The Gospel of Saint Luke, Chapter 2, Versus 8 through 20

Christ was not born in a palace.  His birth was not announced in the temple.  He came not just for the wealthy, the powerful, or the royal, but for the lowest of the low as much as He came for the highest of the high.  Shepherds keeping a night watch in the wild country, not the priests in Jerusalem, were the first to be told of His birth, and they, not the Three Kings, were the first to come and revere Him.

It shouldn’t take a host of angels for us to see the beauty of the world and the promise that it holds for us.  The wonder of the Lord’s love is evident all around us, and we could see it if we were to only open our eyes.  In every kind word, every unseen act of charity, every person doing what needs doing without expectation of thanks shows it to us.  I don’t require a chorus to hear the symphony of creation.  All it takes is a few quiet moments for me to remember how beautiful this life can be.

I wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas.  No matter your faith, I wish you all the blessings of life.

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9 Comments

  1. Spike

     /  December 25, 2012

    Amen.

  2. Amen.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, DB. May Boo sleep soundly after he passes out from the sugar rush!

  3. Merry Christmas! Beautiful post, easy to forgot sometimes. . .

  4. smc331

     /  December 25, 2012

    Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and yours…

  5. Wilson

     /  December 26, 2012

    I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas!

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