Right: Duke of Soperton, the Northern Cardinal (Male)
Photography and Thoughts by Curtis and Norma Beaird
Right: Beep-Beep, the Carolina Chickadee
The real reason that we joyfully celebrate Christmas is the birth of God's only Son, born of a virgin, in the town of Bethlehem. His name is Jesus.
We offer a prayer of thanksgiving unto our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Thank you Lord for Your love and Your blessings that we experience every single day of our lives. Without You, we would be nothing. We praise You because You are the Messiah, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace.
We thank you for Your guidance, Your healing, Your provision, Your protection, Your mercy and Your forgiveness. We glorify You and pray that we can live our lives each day in a spirit of faith, love, kindness, generosity and thanksgiving, spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and showing Your love to the world.
Luke 2: 1 - 14
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree
from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea,
unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem;
(because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there,
the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not:
for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
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