2:1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” NIV We have a candlelight service at church tonight, and Beth and I will both sing in the service. Afterwards, we are going to Brandon and Rachael’s to exchange Christmas gifts, rather than here at our house. With my surgery, I just have not been able to get our house ready for Christmas. Tomorrow, we will go to my youngest sister’s house for Christmas dinner with our family….all my sisters, their families, and my parents. I was struck by something when I was reading a few blogs earlier, stressing that Jesus is the reason for this season. We try so hard to please all our family and friends at Christmas, with the perfect gift for them. Do we try to please Jesus? What gift do we give Him? We should give Him ourselves….and let Him be Lord of our lives. Do we do it? Wishing all of you a very joyous Christmas. I hope you spend it with family and friends, but even if you don’t….spend it with Jesus.