Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The CHRISTmas story

Today will be the last post until the new year!  2012 - WOW!  My husband is counting down the minutes until he can leave to come home today for some much much needed time off.  With the exception of a brief meeting next Wednesday, we hope to have him home until the new year begins.  Us girls are so very excited.  Just another reason I love Christmas so much.  Please have a wonderful time of family and presents and eating and laughter and eating again and more presents!  But, most importantly, make room for time with the ONE we are celebrating!  Seek Him today as the shepherds did.  Seek Him and glorify Him and praise Him during this time that we celebrate His birth!

My oldest daughter needed a boost to put the angel on our little felt advent calendar today.  She said, "Mommy look look, only three more to go!  We only need to put up Mary, Joseph, and then we put up Baby Jesus, and it will be Christmas."

Wow!  Three more days!  Christmas comes faster every year.  My big girl did a wonderful job in her school performance last night.  She sang and rang bells and smiled so big; she was beaming.  There were songs of Santa and Christmas fun, but there were more importantly, songs of Jesus and His birth and the true CHRISTmas Story!  It always bothers my husband and I when someone refers to "The Night Before Christmas" as the Christmas story.  The true CHRISTmas story refers to the birth of our Savior.  My husband started the wonderful tradition of reading from Luke 2 on Christmas morning before the presents are ripped open.  We all snuggle in the bed and read from the Bible, and we remember why we get to have all the fun stuff that comes with the enjoyment of Christmas day.  I know as the girls grow older, this tradition might come with some moans and groans, but it is important we all keep our focus on Him the whole day.  I pray they will grow to be thankful for the reading of the birth of Jesus.  I pray they will keep Him first in their lives.  I pray they will love Him and serve Him always.  I pray they will cherish the CHRISTmas story, and all it means to us.

So, although there are a ton of cute Christmas poems and stories and songs that could be shared, this last day I would like to simply share the true CHRISTmas story.  Please have a Merry Merry Christmas!

Today's Verse
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:  and the government shall be upon his shoulder:  and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."  Isaiah 9:6

Luke 2

   1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
   2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
   3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
   4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
   5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
   6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
   7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
   8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
   9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
   10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
   11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
   12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
   13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
   14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
   15And 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.
   16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
   17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
   18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
   19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
   20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

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