Friday, December 22, 2006
Merry Christmas

I know it's been quiet around here lately- we've had a whole slew of colds & stomach bugs, and are trying to get ready for the Big Day this weekend, but I just wanted to leave you with a very Merry Christmas.

May you find Peace in the midst of the craziness...
May you seek Him who was born to save us.

May you find Grace from Emmanuel.

About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire.

This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria.Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David's town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there.

He went with Mary, his fiance, who was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master.

This is what you're to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger."

At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God's praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. "Let's get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us."

They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself.

The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they'd been told!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Merry christmas to you too, V.

mary h.

Blogger Abbey said...
What a great picture! Thanks for the other night, too. That was very much funness!! Love my picture frame.

Blogger staceyfike said...
merry christmas!!!

Blogger Jessica said...
Merry Christmas! Em looks adorable in that photo:)

Anonymous gretchen said...
Merry Christmas V!! hope yall have an awesome day!

Blogger Jenney said...
Merry Christmas Virginia!!!

Anonymous gretchen said...
btw, i totally stole your Christmas story idea and put it on my blog too! thanks!!

Anonymous nan evans said...
Hey Ms V!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family! That is such a sweet picture of Emerson. Can't wait to see you again and talk!!!!!

Anonymous Heather said...
What a sweet sweet picture! Hope you had a wonderful christmas and that everyone is healthy in your house. Kiersten had the flu last week and that was no fun! Did you email me about groovy paper for a2Z? I feel so bad for even asking but I think it was you and I said I would send stuff and it just never got done. Please let me know and if it wasn't you then just call me crazy...LOL!

Anonymous Karen said...
Merry Christmas Virge! I hope everyone is on the mend! That picture of E is you travel?!

you had the cold and bug thing did we...hey did you give it to us???? LOL

Blogger MichelleLanning said...
what a gorgeous pic!!

Anonymous Deb said...
Awesome Virigina. Have you seen "The Nativity Story" yet?

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