It’s almost Christmas, and most people are preoccupied with thoughts of gifts, parties, and holiday cooking. In the hectic schedule of celebration we cling to each tradition. But for some, life is not so simple.
On the night Jesus was born, poor shepherds were sleeping in an open field. The small village of Bethlehem was filled to capacity with people who had traveled to obey the decree of Caesar Augustus for a census. Across the land of Israel, Roman soldiers marched to collect taxes from its citizens.
Life was not easy under Rome’s military control, but suddenly an angel appeared with a message from Heaven: “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 Savior who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
Tonight, in our own country, many people are fearful because of bad news they received concerning illness. Other families suffer with the worry of financial need, or the tragedy of broken relationships.But the message of a Christmas angel still offers peace in a trouble world. “Fear not!”
Let us take a moment to consider those in need, and offer them the one gift which has eternal value, the Christ child.
Merry Christmas to all. Be blessed, Donna