Our Daily Thread 12-25-22

Merry Christmas!

Luke 2:1-21

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

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. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 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.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 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.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

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23 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-25-22

  1. Merry Christmas to all the Wanderers in our blog family! God has given us so many good gifts. I am thankful He has enriched my life daily through His gifts of each of you.
    And as one thing leads to another, Happy New Year!

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  2. A most Blessed Merry Christmas to you all dear brothers and sisters! We had the most amazing sunrise this Christmas morn. It seems to remind us that He has come and He has risen indeed!!

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  3. Good morning, all. After a very social night, I slept in to seven fifteen this morning. I tell my children it is the only morning they are allowed to sleep in, all year, so it worked out. Daughter slept until eight fifteen (though she was up in the night when my dad’s bed alarm went off but I did not hear it). Son was up at eight so he slept in an hour.

    White Christmas here, though it rained a lot over night and has been in upper thirties.

    Husband and daughter will head out to church this morning, leaving son to help me with the grandpas.

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  4. I never slept well when I was listening for my mom’s footsteps or my children’s. You surely needed that bit of extra sleep, mumsee. Glad your daughter heard it and responded.

    Merry Christmas to all!

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  5. The nurse gave us two alarms, one for the bed and one for the chair. My dad is a stealth mover so, though we are always close by, he can get himself out onto the foot part of the recliner before we know he is moving. But we have decided they are both more trouble than benefit. The bed alarm is loud enough for my deaf dad to hear, but the baby moniter does not carry the sound to my room to wake me up. I thought if I was just listening for the alarm, I could sleep better but sleeping through the alarm is not helpful. I do wake up when the door squeaks when he peeks out to get his bearings. And so we learn.

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  6. Merry Christmas.
    I had a pity party this morning. This is not my favorite Christmas Day ever. We have no children here. The presents were already opened. It’s just the two of us.
    I am thankful surgery is behind us and all seems to be going well. It just doesn’t feel like it want it to feel.
    I needed to read this. It didn’t post so I will be back.

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  7. @1:21, life is constantly changing, and with it, all those holiday “traditions” that seemed like they’d last forever.

    We sang (and sang) this morning: Angels We Have Heard on High; Hark! The Herald Angel Sing!; O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus; and ending with (as always for this holiday), Joy To The World, The Lord is Come.

    Sermon was a continuation on the theme “Immanuel,” God With Us —

    * The presence of God can either be a blessing or a curse; it can be either great or terrible.

    * Jesus came into a dark, hostile world. We should plan on experiencing the same.

    * Even so, we should seek to live and respond with love and faithfulness.

    * A problem: We want earthly, worldly kings — rather than The King. We want to follow earthly leaders.

    * Genuine peace comes in proclaiming the divisive nature of truth.

    * Joy to the world. No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow, Far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found, Faras, far as the curse is found

    He rules the world with truth and grace,
    And makes the nations prove
    The glories of His righteousness
    And wonders of His love,
    And wonders of His love,
    And wonders, wonders of His love.

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  8. Have a blessed Christmas you all!
    The last batch of croissants are baking, then it is off to my daughters. Today’s presents are wrapped.

    I made the croissant dough last night from midnight to 2:15am. after I had a nap. I think that I need another nap.

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  9. I bundled up and walked on the driveway. I did not stay out there as long as usual. I did warm up in my proper attire and would have been shedding some if I had continued.

    Our day got a bit messed up by waiting for my brother to stop by to exchange gifts outside (we are in a little squabble about masks since he goes everywhere maskless and with me trying to protect to do radiation. He has been reluctant or inconsistent about masking to come into our home. So he told Wes, avoiding me, that we would exchange outside. I assumed it meant sitting in our porch chairs. He had no set time to stop by. When he parked on the street we hurriedly moved his gifts to the porch. He ended up giving his gifts for us to Wes and said he was in a hurry to get to another destination so he neither got his gifts or said hello to Art and me as we sat bundled up on the porch. So it has just been the strangest Christmas for us ever. I am practicing grace thinking if I don’t then cancer and Covid win the day.

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  10. So glad to see Yapamom and Cheryl popped in.
    I hope you all had a good Christmas.
    As often happens when you feel sorry for yourself one day you wake up better the next day.
    This too shall pass.
    I did send the three of them a text asking what the chances of them all coming over New Years Day. We shall see.
    We will have Little Miss again starting tomorrow. That is probably the best medicine Papa could have.

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