Merry Christmas to you and your family from the Stephens household. I hope that your day is filled with love and laughter and that you go to bed with a full belly. While this Christmas is different from most of the celebration that we have had in the past, that doesn’t mean that it can’t still be a time of celebration.
We all know that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. However, Christmas has turned into a time of giving presents to our friends and loved ones, somewhat in the way that the shepherds gave gifts to Jesus at birth. The day has become a day of gathering with family to open gifts and eat until we feel like we are going to pop.
The year 2020 has taught us many valuable lessons. Some of them have been hygiene lessons about washing our hands properly, and some of them have been about learning to slow down and smell the roses. It has been a challenging year, but there has been good that has also come from this year.
I am counting this Christmas as one of the good things. Yes, I miss being with my family, but I’ve also focused more on the birth of Jesus than on gifts and traveling.
I want to wish all of you a heartfelt Merry Christmas from me. Jesus is the reason for the season, so here is my gift to all of you.
I watched this Christmas special Christmas Eve morning, and again this morning. It brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it, and I hope it moves you in the same way.
To God Goes The Glory!
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 guest room available for them. 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.”
Have A Merry Christmas!