But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.
I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you:
You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel,
praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
...the first ever celebration of the birth of the Messiah... a celebration given by God, Most High, to proclaim the birth of the Messiah... His Messiah sent to me to be my Savior... thus ordained before creation....
This celebration announced at night to lowly shepherds keeping watch over their flocks... announced by those created to be in constant worship of Him... a birthday party of sorts... easily the biggest birthday announcement ever made.
And, I, lowlier than those shepherds, stand amazed... amazed that He came to be born a babe... amazed more that I too can celebrate His birth... amazed most that He chose me long before He sent this One to set me free...
Wrapping up Christmas by adding to my list of 1000 gifts...
... a quiet Christmas at home with friends
... Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off from work for the first time in 13 years
... an almost 14 year old who is still thrilled with Christmas
... sibling hugs
... discovering that the same almost 14 year old isn't too old to sit with his mom
... the simple joy of snow
... night time skiing
... cheap entertainment
... children who are thrilled with "recycled" skis
... a dad who plays with his kids... surprising my man
... the incredible talent of Kathy Peterson who drew this portrait of our kids
... the equally incredible talent of my dad who built the frame
... the joy in my children's eyes as they presented the gifts they had made
... anticipating advent together
... gathering, as a family, around the familiar words of Luke 2 and the awe of Jesus' birth
... knowing that He chose to come as a baby but that His coming was so much more than a babe in a manger
... anticipating His return
... knowing my children have chosen Him to be their own Savior
... finding that there is no greater joy than to behold my children walking in the Truth!
... gifts 321 - 340 in my quest to 1000 Gifts