Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Reason for the Season


Every Christmas Eve, my grandpa Al reads the story of Jesus' birth from his old, tattered Bible. We spent Christmas with the other side of the family this year, so I missed out on his deep, rumbling voice last night. So I thought I would share the reading with you today instead.
Luke 2:1-20
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[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their 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 guest room available for them.
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. 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.”
15 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.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
In case you need an "updated" version of the story, here is what the story would have looked like during modern times.

Merry Christmas from my Midwestern home 
to yours--wherever that may be!
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4 comments:

  1. Love the pictures, merry Christmas!!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Madeline! Merry Christmas to you too! :)

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  2. I'm a new follower - love your blog!!

    If you don't mind me asking, where in the midwest do you live? ;) I'm a Minnesotan!!

    Looks like a very merry Christmas!! Looking forward to getting to know you!! xo!!

    Kenz
    www.lifeaccordingtokenz-xo.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I am from South Dakota! Most of my family is from Minnesota though! Nice to "meet" you! :)

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I love your kind words :)