8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 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. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
Christmas is over! Is it really?
The season may be over but the spirit of Christmas lives on.
The week between Christmas and New Year's typically follows one of two extremes. Some will take this time to finally wind down from all the festivities, while others are still hustling. Yet as we approach the New Year, everyone will tend to celebrate in their own individual style.
A new year.
What will it bring?
As we contemplate what our New Year's Resolution will be, there seems to be a common theme...It is a fresh start...A new year offers second chances...
While most will see Christmas and New Year's Eve/Day as two distinct celebrations, realizing the connection between the two could offer us an opportunity for deeper reflection.
The birth of Christ brings upon new beginnings for mankind. It is what provides us with a fresh start. It is a precious Gift of second chances.
If we approach the New Year with the spirit of Christmas in our heart, our resolutions may be easier to keep. Truly believing that our second chances this upcoming year are made possible by the birth of our Lord Savior Jesus Christ, may put things in a better perspective. This year, let us rely on the strength of our faith and the Christmas spirit to help us achieve what we anticipate could be challenging or maybe even impossible.
A Blessed New Year to all.
"Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved."
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