8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.
7 Of the angels he says,
“He makes his angels winds,
and his ministers a flame of fire.”
10 And the angel said to them,
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
First Christmas Lights, Light of the World
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a Multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
We have been reading and thinking about:
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
One would think of the Angels, Shepherds and the Multitude of Heavenly Host as providing Peace.
Usually, when great works, wonders and angels of our Father God Almighty present themselves - there actually is discomfort and fear. The Scriptures go on to say - trembling.
And yet Joshua was told after 40 years of persisting near the Wonders of God Almighty to draw strength and comfort from being near the unrelenting, un-forsaking, enduring Holy Spirit. To be centered, not too far to the emotional right, not to far too the steadfast rules and tradition law left.
This is something we can all be familiar with. Einstein has a famous quote saying if we persist in doing the same thing - we are crazy to think we get new results. Perhaps, but Olympic athletes would say no. And parents teaching children would say no. And people training their household dog would say no. Joshua would say no, after 40 years. A lot of married people would say no!
How will we let peace transcend us today in Jesus the Lord?
This is the perfect Season to compare this year to a brilliant year. A better season in life to feel more joyous. A perfect season to see chores and projects make the list and check it twice. The perfect season to stress.
We can make our life a pineapple and swallow this in one bite. Or we can call on Jesus and rest asking His Help and see His mercies renew each day. Believing today I will do what Jesus helps me to do today. And more than probably, again tomorrow, as He helps.
A song of ascents. Of David.
My heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord
both now and forevermore.
The Light of Jesus Lights All Mankind
Let me be willing to do Your Plan, You have given to me. Be with me to say Your Good Will be accomplished.
Give me Your Help and Encouragement, to believe my soul will glorify You this day.
Help me, please to help my spirit be a place of rejoicing and oasis for Your Holy Spirit.
Your thoughts are so plentiful about me, they are more than the grains of sand. You are more than mindful of me, You are my Savior.
In Your Mighty Love, generations are given Jesus. The Light of the World. I pray the generations to come of my loved ones and my family see this Love, Joy and Comfort of Your's.
All of Scripture tells us of the Millenniums of Your Mighty and Wondrous Deeds. Help us in our thoughts to bless You, as You keep us on Your path. Let our thoughts, words and actions please you.
Your Word tells us how many days You have helped and given mercy to us. Just as You promised.
One day, we will come Home to You, be with us now and in that day have great mercy upon us and favor us. We ask this for us all, and those in concern, the Highest Name of Jesus the Lord. Son of God. Amen.
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