After the long night of laboring,
The trek across the fields,
Following a star across the blackness of a night sky,
There was the first cry of a baby in a manger that bridged the gap between here and heaven.
“And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, and good will toward men.” – Luke, Chapter 2
This morning, after the long night, the waiting, the wrapping, and the unwrapping,
Amid the joy and cheer and the merriment,
It is the promise of Christmas that remains.
“That hope is real and true, an anchor to steady our restless souls, a hope that leads us back behind the curtain to where God is” – Hebrews 6:19
A thrill of hope, a weary world rejoices.
Merry Christmas, friends!
(*photos by Ashley Mushegan)