Luke 2:9, 10 - And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people"
I plan to spend this Christmas remembering and giving thanks for the blessings and joy God has given in Christmas past. Recalling the smiles as a child and my children shared with gifts but mostly in being with each other.
Tender heartedly, thinking of the wonderful times spent with my Nana as a child at Christmas. Each day always seemed filled with affection and love of the birth of our Lord around her. Also, one of our children years ago, sanding and singing in a school Christmas choir. Tears welling and heart full of pleasure and happiness. Listening as young hearts, mouths, and faces praised our Lord God on high.
What a blessing Christ was sent to earth as my Savior. Noel, in the original Latin meaning birth or birthday. Praise God for the first birthday of Christ our Lord. God and love incarnate, born a child for us and sent as our redeemer.
May our time celebrating the birth of our Lord be a time of peace of heart this coming year never felt before … In Jesus Name. Amen. Happy birthday Jesus!
Luke 2:14 - “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
The First Noel
Attributions: All scripture New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © The Lockman Foundation
For eight years, December was an extremely difficult time for me because each one brought some sort of major tragedy. For example, one year I learned I had cancer, the next year I got called back in for a diagnostic mammogram because there was an abnormality which thankfully was NOT a recurrence. My subarachnoid hemorrhage happened a couple of weeks before Christmas as did the loss of my husband's job, etc.
Last year was the first time in years that nothing terrible happened.
It was very easy to get a bit gun-shy at Christmas and in fact, I did but then I had to remind myself of what you wrote so aptly about. Yes, we may face challenges and have heart-ache BUT Jesus Christ has come! What if He hadn't, Les? Oh, what if He hadn't! Because He came, because He died, because He rose again and lives, we can have life and have it more abundantly. Merry Christmas!