Our car is packed to the brim with gifts, all of Jackson’s necessities, and just a few holiday treats. We are headed to St. Louis to spend Christmas with John’s family and the last I checked, there’s a 60% chance of snow on Christmas Day – is it wrong to pray for a white Christmas? (the last time I spent Christmas in St. Louis it snowed. So maybe, just maybe, I’m good luck!).
I’m taking a blog break until after Christmas, but I would like to wish every one of you a very Merry Christmas. I pray it’s filled with His peace, love, joy, and the hope that only comes from Him. I hope you will soak in every moment with your family and treasure the time with them. Remember that it’s about more than gifts, stockings, and Santa.
It’s about a baby. A baby that changed everything.
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 that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, 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 heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:8-19)