According to “A Heart Prepared: Savor the Story of Christmas Advent Legacy Journal”:
Today we celebrate not only the arrival of the Son of God but also the man and woman who both said Yes to birth and nurture a son destined to be rejected (Isaiah 53:3), whose hands and feet would be pierced through (Psalm 22:16). Mary and Joseph know that the Messiah will be killed as a sacrifice for the sins of His people (Isaiah 53-5-9), and yet they agree to bring Him into the world and raise Him as their son.
The words of their ancestor, King David, must have bolstered their resolve to comply with the request God made of them: “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my Rock and my Salvation, my Defense and my Fortress, I shall not be greatly moved.” (Psalm 62:1-2 AMPC)
It is our second Christmas in the pandemic. Last year we dropped off presents, prepared a meal for my dad to pick up, and met as a family on Zoom. It was very different. During 2021 we have been able to get out and meet on various occasions and the plan was to meet as a small family of seven today in our home. Food has been or is being prepared along with a birthday cake to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. This time a small “blow” cake with candles has been baked for us to sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus. Everyone else will eat from the larger chocolate two-layer cake.
Two days ago we learned a person that I had hugged at a church gathering is positive. During that hug I wore a KN95 mask. Neither my husband or I have any symptoms. However for the protection of others on Christmas Eve we went to a community COVID-19 test site. It is the deep dish type that takes twenty-four to forty-eight hours for the results. We are hoping to hear our negative results today before our gathering but it is doubtful due to Christmas and the volume of tests being processed. Thanks to God He has given us no fear about meeting. My husband and I will wear KN95 masks to protect our family as we celebrate our Savior’s birth.
May all who read this cherish this day of celebration in whatever form is planned. Today is about our Savior lowering Himself down to be like us for thirty-three years, to be the Lamb for our sins, and is The Source for our eternal life with Him.
Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, and walk long distances with friends. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.
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- Heart Emissions – weekly spiritual devotionals.
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