|The Church at Shepherd's Field, Bethlehem|
Photo by Colleen, August 2010
When the angels went away from them to heaven,the shepherds said to one another,“Let us go, then, to Bethlehemto see this thing that has taken place,which the Lord has made known to us.”So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph,and the infant lying in the manger.When they saw this,they made known the messagethat had been told them about this child.All who heard it were amazedby what had been told them by the shepherds.And Mary kept all these things,reflecting on them in her heart.Then the shepherds returned,glorifying and praising Godfor all they had heard and seen,just as it had been told to them.-- Luke 2: 15-20
Surprisingly few realize that the season of Christmas only begins today, December 25, and that this joyous celebration actually continues until the Feast of Epiphany on January 6. It is disappointing to see the lights and decorations disappear the day after Christmas. Surely as Christians we believe the birth of Our Savior is an event worthy of more than a single day of rejoicing. During the troubling times we find ourselves enduring, there seems to be all the more reason to celebrate the joy of the season in its entirety.
However you mark the occasion, may it be spent with family, friends, and good cheer.
Today is born our Savior Christ the Lord.
-- Psalm 96