Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-20


Merry Christmas everyone!

It was a wonderful but hectic day today and although I am mellow and enjoying the cozy after glow of a wonderful Christmas day...I am also so tired I feel like Dorothy going down in the poppy fields in the Wizard of Oz and then I am going to sleep like Rip VanWinkle. It was so hectic and I was operating on very little sleep. Partly because there was so much to do and partly because Christmas is so exciting for many reasons. I had so many Christmas things I wanted to write and perhaps I still will during this holiday week.

I am going to call about that position tomorrow although as I have already said...I am ambivalent about getting up at 4:30 am to go to a day job so early. (3-11 is so ingrained in me but I have friends that made the switch to days and wouldn't do 3-11's again.) The days and hours are good though if I could do it. I have a friend who flat out said she could never do that. She starts at 9am. So I have decided that since I am someone who believes doors open when that are supposed to ...that I will proceed forward as if I don't have a doubt in my mind. If there is some reason that I shouldn't do it...then I am praying that it won't work out and that I will know. I am also going for my urology consult tomorrow and depending on what he says make make the difference too. I am officially going to get the good news about my renal scan results but I am also discussing an elective surgery and the timing on that may make a difference should that be something I decide to move on. Although the HR person didn't seem to care. There was a job that I had really wanted in the fall and to this day believe I would work out really well there but I prayed that if I was meant to be there at that time that the door would be open...and it wasn't. I really do think that when things are meant to be...they just happen...amazingly so sometimes and opportunities present themselves. While disappointing when they don't work out the way you want...also really neat and even exciting when everything flows together. So...like I said...I will make the connection and go from there.

Even though I have written about the Christmas celebration in terms of the tree and decorating and all that stuff I never forget that the real meaning of Christmas is the birth of Christ who loved mankind so much that he came to us in human form, willing to live as one of us for the purpose of getting the message of love and salvation out to the world. It is the ultimate love story. And so last but not least...at all-here is one of the Christmas passages.

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1 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 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.

The Shepherds and the Angels

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 of great joy that will be 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.

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