I wanted to pop in (I know, I know - it's been a while) and tell you all Merry Christmas!
At out church, the pastor is currently doing a series on "How I Met Jesus" - recounting how different people came to meet Jesus. Yesterday the message was focusing on how the Shepherds and Angels met Him. During the message, there was one verse that really captivated the meaning we celebrate this time of year and what Christmas is all about - Luke 2: 8-14. It was printed out in our outline, but he played this clip below instead of reading the verse out loud.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
In the hustle and bustle of buying and wrapping presents, cooking sweets, and traveling house to house to eat meals with all of the family, be sure to take some time and dwell on why we celebrate this time of year. It's not Santa, gifts, or family - it's Jesus.