430.) Christmas Eve

Bethlehem, looking east

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To all of my readers —

I wish you a most blessed Christmas, with the hope that our DWELLING together in the truth of the Word of God is transforming us all, day by day, more and more, into the likeness of this Child.  We rejoice that Christ was born in Bethlehem today to bring us salvation and peace!

With love in Jesus’ Name,

Rebecca Mitchell

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Micah 5:2 (Contemporary English Version)

2Bethlehem Ephrath,

you are one of the smallest towns

in the nation of Judah.

But the LORD will choose

one of your people

to rule the nation–

someone whose family

goes back to ancient times.

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Music:

“Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem,” sung by Shawn McDonald with photos of the present-day town of Bethlehem.  You cannot miss the 25-ft. high, barbed-wire topped Wall of Separation.  Pray today for the people who live in Bethlehem, that they may know peace — “O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!”

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Luke 2:1-7

(Contemporary English Version)

The Birth of Jesus

"The Numbering at Bethlehem" by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1566. (Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium)

1About that time Emperor Augustus gave orders for the names of all the people to be listed in record books. 2These first records were made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3Everyone had to go to their own hometown to be listed. 4So Joseph had to leave Nazareth in Galilee and go to Bethlehem in Judea. Long ago Bethlehem had been King David’s hometown, and Joseph went there because he was from David’s family.

"The Nativity" by Scottish painter William Bell Scott, 1872 (National Galleries of Scotland)

5Mary was engaged to Joseph and traveled with him to Bethlehem. She was soon going to have a baby, 6and while they were there, 7she gave birth to her first-born son. She dressed him in baby clothes and laid him on a bed of hay, because there was no room for them in the inn.

from “Ode on the Morning of Christ’s Nativity”
by John Milton

This is the month, and this the happy morn,
Wherein the Son of Heaven’s eternal King,
Of wedded maid and virgin mother born,
Our great redemption from above did bring,
For so the holy sages once did sing,
That He our deadly forfeit should release,
And with His Father work us a perpetual peace.

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And one last present to make you smile
on this wonderful day —
click here to share “A Digital Story of the Nativity!”

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Next week we will be revisiting Psalms 1 – 10.

And beginning in January, with power and might:
the Acts of the Apostles (and of the Holy Spirit)!

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Images courtesy of:
Bethlehem.    http://christmas.justinreeve.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/k1.JPG
Bruegel.     http://www.abcgallery.com/B/bruegel/bruegel105.html
Scott.    http://www.nationalgalleries.org/index.php/collection/online_az/4:322/results/0/5655/
Mary holding baby Jesus.    http://www.catholic-convert.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/MaryWithBaby.jpg
Christmas present.    http://christmasshoppingideas.info/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/christmas-present-300×300.jpg

3 Responses to 430.) Christmas Eve

  1. Carole says:

    Praying the peace and comfort of God-with-us will fill your home and hearts in this blessed Christmas season!

  2. elise graber says:

    Thanks so much, Rebecca, for this wonderful way to start a Christmas Eve when everything isn’t perfect in the world, or our house, or in me! Reading and watching this, our hearts are warmed even as the snow on snow continues, and (as good Martin Lutherans!) we remember we can foil the foe with joy and laughter and hope – gifts from the manger and the cross.

    • Rebecca says:

      Thank you, Elise. Foil the foe with joy and hope — what a wonderfully happy thought! I wish for you such joy that the foe must stay far away! Merry Christmas!

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