December 5, 2016
We are getting ready for the birth of the infant Savior, Jesus Christ. The church has been decorated for Christmas. Boy, it looks so pretty!
While we think of these last few months of the year as time to prepare for Christmas, that first Christmas had preparations all year long. We spend time reading Bible stories about all the preparations made for this wonderful birth. Did you know the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce to her she would be the mother of God’s son Jesus? That event had to have happened many months before. Also, an angel came to an old priest Zechariah and told him he would have a son and to name him John? Again many months before. About 30 years later John became John the Baptist and told the people about Jesus, the son of God. Did you know an angel appeared to Joseph to confirm and convince him to continue his plans to wed Mary? That, too, probably happened many months before Jesus’ birth.
Choirs and musicians and worship planners have been preparing for Christmas a couple of months now. But we have nothing on all the preparations that happened that year Jesus was born!...
This Christmas, take a moment to enjoy the peaceful scenes of Christmas card quality. And to hum or downright sing out loud God’s praises with a carol or two. We’re ready!
A blessed Christmas be with you and yours today!