Thursday, December 22, 2005

The reason for the season

After posting this I'm going to knock off for a long weekend of enjoying Christmas with my family. I'll be back on Monday, at least that's the plan, to log my 340th blog entry and celebrate the first anniversary of No rules. Just write.

I realize that not everyone who reads this blog shares my faith, but if you'll indulge me for a moment, I'd like to address those who do. If you're like me and all this holiday busyness is threatening to steal your joy and leave you feeling like the Grinch, who had "spiders in his spirit and garlic in his soul," I hope you'll take a minute right now to thoughtfully read the following and remember what we're celebrating this weekend:

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

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. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

--Luke 2:1-20 (New International Version)

May the Lord richly bless you and grant you a Christmas worth remembering.


Anonymous said...

You have a Great CHRISTmass with the family too! :)

Mirtika said...

And the Sistah from Miami said: "Amen."

Merry Christmas, all glory to Him!

Dr. Lisa said...

Yeah, back ya! Merry Christmas! May your new year be filled with lots of M&Ms and good words in your word bag!

Robin Bayne said...

Merry Christmas, Brenda!

lindaruth said...

Amen. :)
Have a blessed Christmas with your family.

1 L Loyd said...

Merry CHRISTmas. =)

Camy Tang said...

Happy Holy Day, Brenda!


Bonnie Calhoun said...

Merry CHRISTmas, Brenda, and may God bless you and your family richly as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Brenda Coulter said...

Thanks for the warm greetings, everyone. Have a lovely Christmas!

Six said...

Merry Christmas, Brenda! Have a blessed day! :)