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 that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, 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 heaven, and on earth peace to those 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.”
On a starry night some two thousand years ago, a message was proclaimed. This message proclaimed by angels, declared that people from all walks of life have hope, hope for the present and for the future. As we begin this Advent season, let us live in and proclaim this hope that burst onto the scene so many years ago. As we prepare for Christmas, my prayer is that we would all find moments of quiet meditation, moments when we can reflect and anticipate the celebration of the birth of Christ. May you and your family experience the Genuine Jesus.
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!