God Bless our Soldiers where ever they are today, and surround them with angels to keep them safe..our oldest has been in the military for 27 yrs..after the attack today in Kabul he sent 3 words”I am safe.”But since I hadn’t heard from him in 30 days I am relieved...May God Keep him safe..
Amen to your Prayer for Our American Heroes and our Beloved Nation.
Merry Christmas, Faith!
Every year, I enjoy listening to the BBCs worldwide live radio broadcast of the Christmas Eve service from Kings College Chapel in Cambridge, England. This Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols combines Scripture readings, prayers, and choral music in a moving service of worship. One year, I was struck by the announcers description of the congregation leaving the magnificent chapel, saying they were stepping out of this moment of grace and back into the real world.
Wasnt it that way on the first Christmas? The shepherds heard an angel announce the birth of the Savior, Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11), followed by a multitude of the heavenly host praising God (vv.13-14). After they found Mary, Joseph, and the Baby in Bethlehem, the shepherds couldnt help telling others about this Child (v.17). The shepherds went back to work, glorifying and praising God for everything that they had heard and seen, which had happened just as they had been told (v.20 Phillips).
They had been changed by their moment of grace. As they stepped back into their real world, they carried the good news about Jesus in their hearts and voices.
May we too take Gods grace into the real world this Christmas and every day of the new year.
Read: Luke 2:13-20
A very Merry Christmas and a Joyous and Prosperous 2013 to you and yours!
A blessed Christmas to you Faith.