Merry Christmas!!!

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Luke, Chapter 2, Verses 1-20

The Birth of Jesus

At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

The Shepherds and Angels

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,
    and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

15 When the angels had returned 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 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

 

 

God is not some remote dictator who doesn’t care about you. He sent His son Jesus to be one of us, God Incarnate in human flesh. He was born 2000 years ago and He wants you today. He is calling you, please listen.

Have a Merry Christmas!

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18 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!!!

  1. Merry Christmas to you and Mrs. B.

    I’m in a liberal but heavily Catholic country, there are quite a few battles going on there. So the vehemence with which someone says Feliz Natal has a lot more behind it. It’s part of a more overall fight against secularism and separation of church and state. As does the odd looks i get sometime when i actually spit out Feliz Natal.

    Feels nice to say those two words…I’m Portuguese and I don’t really give a tinker’s curse about people taking offence about my saying “Feliz Natal”; if they take offence they should shove it it where the sun don’t shine. This ain’t personal, as I’m sure you’ll understand (*Now take a deep breath*)

    But I say Feliz Natal. Always. My language, my history, my idiom. And it really amounts to a hill of beans. Who, in dog’s name, can object to that? There’s absolutely no need to be offended. Or irritated. Or anything.

    Feliz Natal! Heartily!!

    NB: I have no wish to offend either. But if I do offend, by wishing somebody a season’s greeting, in my own idiom, then I will not be responsible for that. The offended will have take on all the heavy lifting because I simply won’t participate. It’s just water off a duck’s arse, as we both understand it.

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    1. Ha! Glad to get a nice long comment out of you. I’ll take it!

      Christmas dying here in the US. With us being about 20-30 years behind Europe but on the same track, I look there to see where we’re going 😦

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    1. New Years, hahahaha.
      Let me tell you a story about me and staying up late.

      I drank an energy drink with 300mg of caffeine the other night around 6pm. I was still in bed and fast asleep by 1130. I just can’t stay up late any more 😀

      Christmas was very low key though, just the way we both like it. Did you get any down time or was it all go-go-go?

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      1. Hahahahah every year you tell me a similar story! 😛 It just cracks me up to hear about your inability to stay up late when I prefer that time of the day to be productive! 😀

        Christmas was pretty calm here as well, spent it over at my girlfriends as we made supper for ourselves on Christmas Eve and watched Love Actually for the first time to make her happy. 😀 On the 25th we ended up correcting exams and relaxing hahah

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