REJOICE AND BE GLAD!
Last weekend, we celebrated the two-thousand thirteenth birthday of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ with fun, food, some sleep (for some of us) but overall a wonderful time of fellowship to ring in the holiday season. We had lots of snacks (delicious cheese balls seemed to be a hit) and smoked chicken legs provided by a local restaurant. The kids celebrated by partaking in a candy can hunt and later decorating their own Christmas tree-shaped ornaments. Later, when some of the younger disciples found other things to occupy themselves (Just Dance, Minecraft, or some other such distraction), some of us joined in a marathon game of Phase 10. Just a wonderful time to get together in fellowship and celebration!
As has become a semi-regular event, some children decided to stay the night. Since Kyli and Chloe were excited to stay, I chose to as well just in case… well…. Happily, I think both girls were good and did not feel the need to come running to their uncle.
Sunday morning, those of us remaining and a few other worshipers who came along met in praise and fellowship with carols and a finger puppet reading of Luke’s Gospel account of Jesus’ birth. Later, all of the children were given a gift. All in all a most remarkable way to remember the birth of the one who made the lame walk and the blind see.
“In those days decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you; you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God and saying,
“GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST,
AND ON EARTH PEACE AMONG THOSE WITH WHOM HE IS PLEASED!” (Luke 2:1-14)
May you all find the light of that star leading to the babe lying in the lowly manger!