Luke 2:8-11 – 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 good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (KJV)

Early last spring, for Easter, I went to Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. Now, more recently, while cleaning windows before Christmas, I reflected back to the day we went to Bethlehem. We went to the Church of the Nativity. I got in line and went down into the place of which it has been said, "This is where Jesus was born." There was a hush, as I got down on my hands and knees, to look at the place where our Saviour was born. There was a deep, devout feeling of holiness. It brings tears to my eyes as I try to describe it. Eventually I took my camera, though it didn't seem appropriate and it was very dark. I didn't think the picture would turn out. It did; it was perfect.

We left there and went on to the shepherds' fields, where we celebrated communion. It was all so moving to look out onto the shepherds' fields where God sent his angels to proclaim the birth of His beloved Son. The words of today's scripture sang out from my heart: "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the fields." God in the flesh on that day had come to earth. The angels heralded him, and the news was told to lowly shepherds. "Holy, Holy, Holy": Christ was born that day. Hallelujah!

Isn't it something that God — being almighty — chose to announce Jesus' birth in such a humble way? It is the holiness of God.We have been chosen to share in that hallowed time, to know of His Kingship and His humility. We can come and see: let us look in the manger — Christ is born!

This day is Christmas day; let the Lord help us to think on it. May He bring Christ into our hearts, so that we may know that we have what we want on Christmas Day — not material things — but the holiness of God brought to earth for us to celebrate. This is the birthday of a King!

Prayer: Lord, as we come to You this Christmas day, let our hearts overflow, loving You for the gift we have received this day. Thank You, Lord, for that gift — the gift of Your Son. Amen.

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