All You Need

The Christmas Story: The Birth Of Jesus- Luke 2

2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 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.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

When I was a kid, my dad would read “ The Christmas Story” to us from the Bible, along with the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve. It wasn’t until I started attending Pastor Dave’s prior congregation that I knew that Luke 2- was the Christmas Story. I was not raised in a real scripturally based family however I was baptized and went to church occasionally both before and after my dad passed away.

Christmas is a time of family. It is a time of friends, time off from school, away for school- a time to do fun stuff.
Christmas time should be a time to reflect on our many blessings and look forward to the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord, the one that was born, to die for us. The most splendid gift we could ask for, and that we received.
I am blessed each and every day by my family- even the days that I am not all that happy with them. ( I cherish them)
I am blessed by my church family and our place of worship.
I am blessed by friends, by having a good job, a nice home and all that I need.
A friend asked me this past week asked me what the number one gift I have on my list is for this year, and I told her- I have it already. My family is healthy, we are going to be together , I have all I need.

My Christmas wish for you is that you have all you need, maybe not all you want, and that you know that Jesus Christ our Lord is born for you.

Merry Christmas,

Maureen Herzog

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