Luke 2:6-14 (AMP)
While they were there [in Bethlehem], the time came for her to give birth, 7 and she gave birth to her Son, her firstborn; and she wrapped Him in [swaddling] cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no [private] room for them in the inn.
8 In the same region there were shepherds staying out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone around them, and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people. 11 For this day in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (the Messiah). 12 And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find a Baby wrapped in [swaddling] cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest [heaven],
And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.”
Lord pierce our hearts with truth. As You lay in that manger warm and fed, Your little eyes search and find the joyful faces of Your parents, and a contentment settles as sleep claims You. On my way here this night, I could not help but notice an exceedingly bright star appears to be casting it’s light upon Your resting place. Now many will be coming to visit You, curiosity alone will draw some, while a wonder and hunger in others will be calling them to find You little Jesus. So this night will not be a quiet time exactly, yet the peace will remain. Lord let this light call people of today to search You out.
Lord God, As we go into this holy season, many are upset, some angry that their person is not head of our country now, but I know Lord, all things are in Your hands; You are the One who will guide our nation, and I trust in You. I bow before Your will.
Lord this special time comes at the end of our calendar year, and I am glad. Our world is in chaos with ISIS plotting and murdering innocent people; Christians in the middle east are being tortured and the godless are trying to exterminate them. It’s a repeat of what happened to the Jewish people at the time of World War II. Our country has not escaped the spirit of violence which is attempting to keep discord alive here.
But Jesus. Yes, Jesus came to bring love, peace and joy. He is the Light of the World and if we walk with Him, we will not walk in darkness.
Picture created by artist Carol Loomis.
I was thinking of the shepherds in the field that night. I can see them settling down and chatting quietly together, and then suddenly came a shock, a great angel stood shining in the night and actually speaking to them. They must have looked at first like a deer in the headlights. . . wide eyed, mouth open, speechless in fear.
Then in a calming voice the angel said, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.” And as he explained to them, expectation and a joy began to build within their hearts. And they beheld a choir of heavenly host singing joyous praise to God! And they left the field to find the Babe who was to be their Savior.
Lord, today in the disruptions going on in the world, we can use a focus on the purity, beauty and innocence of a baby. Jesus, let Your Peace and Love rain down upon our atmosphere, cleansing the harsh hard hatreds away replacing them with a trust in You. Jesus I pray for the quiet Peace of that Holy Night of Your Birth to become wide spread in all our nations this season. May Your Love, Joy, and Peace prevail!
Merry Christmas, my friends!