Today is the first day of the 12 Days of Christmas. Even though in the eyes of the world Christmas is over, we understand that Christmas is a season, not day. So we continue to celebrate. We continue to rejoice. We continue to celebrate the miracle of God coming to us in the form of a Babe in a manger. We continue to wonder at the awesome truth of the Incarnation–that God took on human flesh and became Man. Continue reading
During this Advent season we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of the Savior. As we think of the true meaning of Christmas, there are so many images that come to mind: Angels and kings, stars and wise men, mangers and midnight journeys. One of the most enduring and poignant images is that of the humble shepherds of Bethlehem, men selected by the Almighty to witness the Messiah’s birth on this planet. Consider the beginning of the story as found in Luke:
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” ( Luke 2:8-12 NKJV) Continue reading
For most of us, the weeks leading up to Christmas can be hectic and stressful. Perhaps we would do well to consider the example of a pure, simple virgin who became the Mother of our Savior. Her example may serve as an antidote during this busy season.
“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me.
He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him…
For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever.” (Luke 1:46-50, 55 NLT) Continue reading