The day has come, the one we have been waiting for this Advent. Mary and Joseph are in Bethlehem and the time came for the baby to be born. Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger. The coming of the Messiah, the birth of the king of kings was announced to the shepherds on the hillside watching their sheep. “Do not be afraid” the angel of the Lord said. We have heard these words before in the days of Christ’s coming. But fear is a natural reaction to the unknown, to what is new, changing and especially to angels appearing. But here is reassurance and encouragement as the shepherds tremble. “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11) This was God’s promise to the shepherds and to all people and they were told where to find the baby. But wait! The sky filled with the heavenly host, and the angel praised God saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom God’s favor rests.” The shepherds go and find the baby Jesus, just as the angels told them. Now they too share the story and spread the word of God’s promise for all people, a Savior has been born! Merry Christmas!
Father, God may we remember this day of Christmas all year long and celebrate your promise for all people. Amen.
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