Okay, so the last part might not sound fun…but I’m actually looking forward to it. I am excited about it all! I love Christmas time. Even Christmas cleaning. 🙂
And since I’ll be away from the computer for at least a week, I’m going to go ahead and schedule a few posts ahead of time so they will post automatically, though it will be an abbreviated posting schedule.
So if you stop by next week, I’ll look forward to seeing your comments and responding when I return. I’ll also look forward to catching up with your blogs when I get back.
And now, I’m off to enjoy some time with my sweet family. I will count my blessings and enjoy every moment the Lord sees fit to give me. I hope you all have a fabulous, wonderful and beautifully blessed Christmas.
Luke 2 (AMP version)
1IN THOSE days it occurred that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole [a]Roman empire should be registered.
2This was the first enrollment, and it was made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
3And all the people were going to be registered, each to his own city or town.
4And Joseph also went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,
6And while they were there, the time came for her delivery,
7And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn.
8And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flock by night.
9And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened.
10But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.
11For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!(B)
12And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find [[c]after searching] a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. [I Sam. 2:34; II Kings 19:29; Isa. 7:14.]
13Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven ([d]a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying,
14Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [[e]men of goodwill, of His favor].
15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing ([f]saying) that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.
16So they went with haste and [[g]by searching] found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger.
17And when they saw it, they made known what had been told them concerning this Child,
18And all who heard it were astounded and marveled at what the shepherds told them.