I wish we cold have all of you over to join us by the fire for s'mores and hot chocolate and enjoy each other's company. It would be fun to watch the kids' anticipation for tomorrow morning grow by the minute and read the Christmas story together.
1 At that time, Augustus Caesar sent an order that all people in the countries under Roman rule must list their names in a register. 2 This was the first registration;[a] it was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to their own towns to be registered. 4 So Joseph left Nazareth, a town in Galilee, and went to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, known as the town of David. Joseph went there because he was from the family of David. 5 Joseph registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged [b] and who was now pregnant. 6 While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for Mary to have the baby, 7 and she gave birth to her first son. Because there were no rooms left in the inn, she wrapped the baby with pieces of cloth and laid him in a feeding trough. 8 That night, some shepherds were in the fields nearby watching their sheep. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and they became very frightened. 10 The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people. 11 Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord. 12 This is how you will know him: You will find a baby wrapped in pieces of cloth and lying in a feeding box." 13 Then a very large group of angels from heaven joined the first angel, praising God and saying: 14 "Give glory to God in heaven, and on earth let there be peace among the people who please God."[c] 15 When the angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, "Let's go to Bethlehem. Let's see this thing that has happened which the Lord has told us about." 16 So the shepherds went quickly and found Mary and Joseph and the baby, who was lying in a feeding trough. 17 When they had seen him, they told what the angels had said about this child.18 Everyone was amazed at what the shepherds said to them.19 But Mary treasured these things and continued to think about them.20 Then the shepherds went back to their sheep, praising God and thanking him for everything they had seen and heard. It had been just as the angel had told them.
But our backyard is probably too small for such a gathering, so please join us through the blog. I recently found (or more likely it was divine intervention from God himself) Ann's blog. Her relationship with Jesus is precious. She draws you in with her writing and makes you yearn for more...more of Him. Below is the video she shared today. You can also find information on how to download an Advent Devotional Book on her right sidebar. I have thoroughly enjoyed mine. For today's Advent devotional Ann writes,
At that time, for such a time as this, now in the fullness of the long journey of time, God sends out an order for His Son to make His way into the world and God who has no beginning or no end, He travels into time to meet us as a helpless babe.
Joseph journeys with his Mary and God comes nearer and people around the globe push in closer, the whole of Earth waiting with bated-breath, all the dusty world with all its heavy baggage journeying to Bethlehem tonight. We seek a deliverance of our own.
But tonight there will be no rooms in the inn.
Jesus comes as a traveler and if we follow Him, this world is not our home, but heaven is our destination, and we put on our shoes and go out into all the world, so more will hear of Him and journey with us to the cradle of the King.
Lord, we are almost there and our waiting and yearning and seeking and journey is almost over—or are we just beginning the greatest journey of all?
Unwrapping more of His love in the world. Put on your shoes and go for a walk today. Sing a Christmas carol out loud. Go into all the world today and tell one person about the coming king and how He loves.
the cross in christmas from tammi dryden on Vimeo.
Merry Christmas from our family to you. May you find the hope that comes from knowing the One who humbled Himself and came as a baby so He could take the sin of the world, our sin, upon Himself and die on the cross for us, providing salvation for all the world and the promise of eternal life. Hallelujah!