It’s Christmas Day.
Today is when we pull off the shelf the story of Christmas to share with readers once again. What a wonderful story it is, too.
We need that story today as much as we did last year on the heels of the tragic and unfathomable massacre of 20 children and six adults inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. We need it in the wake of so much that occurred here this past year resulting in the senseless loss of lives to murders and murder-suicides. There has been so much to take place this year that aches our hearts and even challenges our faith. And we certainly need the Christmas story in light of what might occur.
It is a story of hope, of love and of something yet to come, something far better than this earthly life gives us. And so, again, here is the Christmas story as told by Luke. May it be a blessing to you and your family:
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem ... to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, fear not; for behold, I bring good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you: ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God, and saying, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.