Luke 2:1-20 Saturday, December 25, 2010 Merry Christmas!
What a wonderful Christmas Eve we had at the church! Many thanks to all who took part and worked so hard behind the scenes!
Is it a quiet day at your house? Maybe it was noisy in the early hours with the crinkle of wrapping paper. Perhaps you hurried so you could travel and be on time for Christmas dinner. You might be home for the day with a telephone call lighting your path.
Whatever your situation, I want to invite you to do something very special even though it may sound kind of silly. I want to invite you to read. Now, that is not an unusual request, but I want you to read out loud the words of Luke 2:1-20. You may have family around. If so, gather them, take the lead, read the account of the birth of Christ to them.
You might be alone. If so, read aloud to yourself to allow the words of Scripture to sink deeply into your spirit. Read about the census and the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Don’t miss the manger scene with the shepherds, angels, and the holy family gathered around the child. Be sure you do not miss the response of Mary as she begins to live in amazement and thoughtful reflection.
It is my deepest prayer that your Christmas Day is filled with the fullness of the Christ Child and the incredible grace of God. Merry Christmas, and thanks for being a part of the Wilson United Methodist Church family!