Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Christmas Story

I truly enjoy getting to be with my family on Christmas. We spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with my parents and Christmas afternoon with Kenny's mom and family. One of my favorite things that Kenny does on Christmas day at his moms before we do anything is read the Christmas story. I thought I would share it with you. Some of you have probably heard this a thousand times but I know that every time I hear it my heart is touched.

Luke 2:2-14

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, Which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. and an angel of the lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, "Fear not for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying.

"Glory to god in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased?"

I hope today as you gather with family, friends, open presents, and eat wonderful food that you remember why we are gathering. The amazing birth of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior.

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