"While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them."
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
"This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.'
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
'The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel' (which means "God with us").
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife."
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
"In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said,
'Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.'
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her,
'Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.'"
Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, know that I LOVE this time of year.
Last year, I did a 25 song countdown to Christmas. This year, I'm still going to do that, but...
I tried to come up with something different to do, or something to add to the song countdown.
The only thing my (non)creative mind could come up with was this:
I am going to do two songs a day; one song will be a traditional Christmas song (O Holy Night, Jingle Bells, Silent Night, etc.), with the other being a newer song that not everybody knows. With the newer song, I will (try) to describe a special meaning to the song, or why that artist has written it.
But, along with the songs, I will include a scripture verse each day.
6. A Beautiful State to Live in with all Four Seasons
I could go on and on about all the stuff that I have in my life that I am thankful for; but the point is, there is so much in my life that I take for granted, that I am never nearly enough thankful for. So, I am also thankful for Thanksgiving because it gives us all a day to be thankful for the stuff that we are aren't thankful enough for. This day makes us stop and think about the stuff that we don't think about everyday.
As annoyed as everybody is by all the politics that are everywhere, I've got some for you too! (insert sarcastic laugh)
I'm not going to urge you to vote left or right, Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, etc. I'm going to ask you to vote for this country as a whole.
You most likely know how I'm going to vote (based on previous posts), but that's beside the point, just pay attention to what I'm going to tell you now.
This country needs a lot of help right now, with a lot of things: jobs, Christian views, GAS PRICES, and alliances with other countries to name a few problems. Can I promise that either of these candidates will fix all of these problems? Of course not, but I can promise that if we choose the right person, that he will help these problems get smaller, with the help of others.
One thing that really sticks out to me is the Christian beliefs of this country. Many say that Christianity and politics need to be kept separate, but think back to when this country started...people built this country off of Christian values. Also, other nations around the world see our nation as a Christian nation. Don't think that we should make a law that everybody should become a Christian, BUT, we should realize that we will accomplish a lot more as a nation if we base it off Christianity.
Right now, I don't see our country as a Christian nation. I think we need to start heading in that direction again to help this country accomplish a lot more.
I pray that you take this to heart and really THINK about who you are voting for and what you stand for.
I also pray that whoever this country chooses, even if it's not who I wanted, that God will lead him in the right direction so he can help our country out.
I love America, a nation where we have the freedom to vote (even though I believe some people use that freedom wrong.)
This might bring a little humor to all of the politics, and hold you over til Tuesday: