Matthew 1:21 – And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. (KJV)
Luke 2:7,11 – And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in the manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (KJV)
At this time last year, people were asking each other what they were doing for Christmas — had they any plans, were they going away, were they having company, would their families be together? Sure, some of those people were concerned only with the holiday aspect, but Christmas was at least in the conversation.
Today I received yet another of many calls and questions this year asking me what we will be doing for New Year's Eve. Truth is, we don't have any plans. It is the farthest thing from our mind.
We do however, have plans for Christmas — special plans. Plans for one last family Christmas together before the first of our children is married, blessed by branching out, becoming part of another family, and we begin to add new traditions. Plans to be up and out in the early morning and to give thanks for all that God has given us.
Plans with presence, not presents.
Perhaps we will do something for the birth of the millennium, though some say it really isn't until next New Year's Eve. For now, we're concentrating on Christ's birth, Christmas.
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we thank you for the birth of your Son, Jesus. May we, in our excitement of the birth of a new era, remember the peace and blessings of Christmas. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.