Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into 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 wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in waddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Glory in the Highest

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“ Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men![1]

As we gear up and celebrate the trappings of capitalism, I would just like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I will be spending the day serving meals at my church for those less fortunate and then I will be spending time with my family. I hope that we can all try to do something for those who aren’t as fortunate and spread the joy and the love that is Christmas. I know in my life it isn’t about the giant miracles, but the quiet daily obedience to the hope that we can make a difference in how we live together in this world. It all starts not with a loud bang, but with a quiet whisper a daily commitment to serving someone other than myself. It doesn’t matter what nationality, religion, or race we can all use this time we have to make the world a better place one small kindness at a time.

Merry Christmas, Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah, Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo, Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun, Sretan Bozic, Glædelig Jul, Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast, Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad, Joyeux Noel, Froehliche Weihnachten, Kala Christouyenna!, Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova, Shub Naya Baras, Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket, Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah, Buone Feste Natalizie, Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto, Merry Keshmish, Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom, Hristos se rodi, God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År, Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun, Chung Mung Giang Sinh, Cestitamo Bozic, Rehus-Beal-Ledeats, Melkin Yelidet Beaal, Jwaye Nowel or to Jesus Edo Bri'cho o Rish D'Shato Brichto,

[1] The Bible – Luke 2:1-14

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