Night Before Christmas
As we reach the end of the 12 Day to Christmas series, I thought it would be best to go back to the beginning, and in this case, right at the very beginning of the Christmas story itself. I thought it would be best to highlight the account of Christ's birth as narrated by Luke in the gospel.
Yes, it is a bittersweet Christmas for my family this year, and yes, it will take a long time for us to come to terms with the pain, the sorrow and the anguish. However, there are slivers of light that shine in hope now and then... the gospels talk about the Savior's birth and it is this event that is being celebrated this season, but it is worthwhile to remember that Christ was known as Immanuel (or God with us).
For those of us who have been grieving it is a comfort to now that the Christ we worship is Immanuel, God with us. In other words, when we mourn he is with us, when we grieve he is with us, when we are in anguish he is with us, when we are in pain he is with us, and as we cry he is with us. His promise is to never leave nor forsake and that is what will hold us together through the challenges that lie ahead.
Luke 2: 1 - 21