To You Is Born

December 19, 2021
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Luke 2:10b-11 – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. (NRSV)

I was passing the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, a while back, and I saw a family leaving with a new little bundle and a big bunch of flowers and gifts and toys. Above the trio, a big, blue balloon proudly proclaimed, IT'S A BOY!

The excitement and wonder of that little family was evident to every passerby. You couldn't help but get the news, and then crack a smile as you entered their joy at that special announcement. Sure, you have to admit that they got carried away, at least a bit, but why not? This was the single greatest event in this young couple's life together. You could just imagine all the hoping, dreaming, planning, and praying that went into that seven-pound, twelve-ounce bundle of beautiful boy. For that special day, and indeed for many months to come, that child would be the centre of the universe, the focus of attention, and the topic of every conversation, in the home and at work, the locus of every waking — and many sleeping — moments.

The realization is slow to sink in: To us a child is born! There is not a parent who wouldn't say that the world is ever the same again, all because of the birth of that baby.

In the birth of Jesus Christ, the whole world has received a Child of promise — long-expected, hoped-for, dreamed-of — God's wonderful gift.

Christmas compels us to celebrate — and to place Christ, at least for this day, at the very centre of our lives, and to see in Him our very life from God.

Sometime today, whether alone or with another, or in large or small families, get away from the sights and sounds and scents of the season — no music, no television specials, no turkey timetable — and let the majesty and the mystery of the birth of Christ flood your senses.

Take out your recently read or your dust-covered Bible, or go online and read the gospel story from Luke 2:8-20. As you read and recall, do not be afraid to admit to a chill running up and down your spine. With Mary, think about these things — yes, ponder them in your heart. Join the multitude who have found in these few words and in this simple story good tidings of great joy which is for all people.

Prayer: Almighty God, You have given Your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon Him, and to be born into this world for us; grant that we who have been born with Him and made Yours forever may be this day renewed by Your Holy Spirit. This we ask in the name of the Christ of Bethlehem and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)

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Kenn Stright <kennethstright@yahoo.ca>
West Petpeswick, Nova Scotia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    Amen Kenn.


    Great devotional.


    Have a Merry Christmas, Kenn.


    Thanks, Kenn. Brings with it many memories. Well said.


    Great post and reminder, Kenn. Have a blessed Christmas Season!


    Thank you, Kenn, for reminding us of the need to focus on that story of God’s gift to us.


    I like this one Kenneth. It is a very good witness to people.
    Blessings.


    Another special one. Shared with most of our “kids”, [who are now at the retiring discussion ages]. Thank you.


    Good morning, Ken,
    Thank you for your good words this morning, I wish you and yours a blessed Christmas.


    Thank you for sharing your inspirational insights on the birth of Christ and its meaning for us.
    Blessings.


    Amen. Yes, let us rejoice and in every way we are able, let us tell others somehow of God’s love!!
    May God bless you at Christmas and always.


    Hello Kenn
    Thank you so much for a wonderful Christmas devotion today.
    Have a wonderful Christmas with the LORD’s blessing.


    Good morning Kenn.
    Thank you. So well written, calming, and peaceful, yet tells of the joy of the birth of Jesus.
    Blessings in this joyful season.


    Dear Kenn,
    I wrote to you a while back, after I read your devotional. I followed the spirit and a wonderful thing happened.
    Thanks.


    Kenn
    Great reminder of the joy and surprise of the birth of Jesus. Thank you.
    Blessings to you and your family over this special time to remember what God has blessed us with!
    (ON)


    Hi Kenn
    Thoroughly enjoyed your message today. Simply put, easy to understand and very much to the point of what we should be realizing, not only at Christmas, but all year through. Please continue to keep sharing God’s gift to you.
    Thanks.


    Greetings Kenn,
    Thanks for another of your very interesting and informative devotionals. Yes, the arrival of a new baby is always an exciting experience and truly the greatest birth for us to celebrate is the day God delivered us the great gift of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Blessings for your writings and a blessed Christmas time to you and your family.


    Merry Christmas Kenn,
    Beautifully written and oh so true. Forty-four years later, a very special day in our lives indeed. The birth of Jesus is also a very special occurrence in all Christians lives and when we accept Him as our Saviour another one.
    May we all ready the Christmas story in Luke with fresh eyes and hearts. May you have a blessed Christmas with your loved ones.


    Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the Messiah – Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Choir and the 90 minute story of Jesus told in scripture and Handel’s music confirmed our faith and hope in Jesus.


    Thank you for your story that is so fitting for the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
    I am greatly blessed. A MERRY HAPPY CHRISTMAS to you and yours!!!
    (California)

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