The eyes of children are a glow with the excitement and anticipation of Christmas.

Bright lights, candy canes, and decorated packages are everywhere they look, and their joy can hardly be contained.  I pray that like the children of today you too will be expectant and excited.  Not for what may be under the tree but expectant and excited like the children at the first Christmas (the shepherds)  – with the message of our Savior!

There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby. It was night, and they were looking after their sheep. An angel of the Lord appeared to them. And the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy. It is for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord. Here is how you will know I am telling you the truth. You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a large group of angels from heaven also appeared. They were praising God. They said, “May glory be given to God in the highest heaven! And may peace be given to those he is pleased with on earth!”

The angels left and went into heaven. Then the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem. Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby. The baby was lying in the manger. After the shepherds had seen him, they told everyone. They reported what the angel had said about this child. All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary kept all these things like a secret treasure in her heart. She thought about them over and over.

The shepherds returned. They gave glory and praise to God. Everything they had seen and heard was just as they had been told. (Luke 2:8-20, NIrV)

May you have a blessed holiday with family and friends and a renewed joy to tell all who will hear the story of Christ’s birth!

Merry Christmas!