Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

It is December 25, 2008. Early evening. Christmas Day is nearing its end.

All things considered, it was a good day. Sure, there was the exchanging of gifts, and Christmas dinner, and the general festivity that goes on, but more importantly I had the privilege of spending a wonderful day with my wife and my children. And we enjoyed our day together.

This was probably not the most materially successful Christmas I've seen - far from it, in fact. However, this Christmas ranks among the best I personally have ever had. I asked for nothing and received everything. It doesn't get any better than that.

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

--Luke 2:1-14

Merry Christmas.


Elizabeth said...

A joyous Christmas to you.
Glad you had a good day !

SisterTroi said...

"I asked for nothing and received everything. It doesn't get any better than that." Truly you possess the real joy and wisdom of Christmas! It could not have been said better than this. You and your family are most blessed :-)

Pete said...

Christmas Blessings to you and your family!