Luke 2:8-14 (KJV) 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.
There has been some confusion as to the travels of Jesus and his family during his early days, particularly since the timeline appears, at a quick first glance, in conflict as to when they left Bethlehem. Luke and Matthew both describe the family’s movements, but upon a closer look, they are describing different travels.
Christian love is an extremely powerful force. In the recent exodus of Syrian refugees, the love we show for each other and extend to strangers is winning over minds and souls. Syrian families are being accepted by Christians and helped to restart their lives.
Friends, I am sorry I missed this breakfast by a week as I would have loved to be delivering the prayer in person.
This season is a celebration of joy and new beginnings. We await the celebration of the beginning of a new spiritual life with the birth of our Christ Jesus. Some of us may have already celebrated Hanukkah, the rededication (and new beginning) of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. We also will celebrate a New Year starting afresh and renewed for the coming year.
Some of us have lost loved ones this season. Dave Hess, Kathi McFadden McLaughlin, Mr. Robert Regester and my cousin James English join the list of those who have passed before us. I have cried along with you, but we should celebrate instead. Surely, they are starting new beginnings with their Creator.
This Christmas season is traditionally a season of giving from God’s gift of His only Son to us, to the Magi delivering their gifts to the baby Jesus, to Saint Nicholas using his entire inheritance to care for the sick and needy. We continue with the giving spirit this Christmas by starting the Interboro BUCS breakfast gift. I wish I was here to see the smiles on all your faces when we buy that first breakfast with Interboro BUCS!
Let us pray.
Father in Heaven,
We thank you for giving us your Son. We thank you and ask for your continued blessing for our families and friends who are gathered here as well as those who are not. We hold up to you all our classmates, families and friends who need physical and spiritual healing that they may be healed.
Lord, please wrap your arms of lovingkindness around the families and friends of Dave Hess, Kathi McFadden McLaughlin and Mr. Robert Regester and comfort them in their time of loss.
Please heal and comfort Janet Ricks as well as our other classmates and friends that are in need.
Bless our food as well as those who prepare and serve it and fill all of us with joy as we break bread and share our love together.
In my recent travels, I noticed something at the Chicago airport during a stopover. I observed a handicap woman in a wheelchair being pushed by an airline attendant. She was waiting in a line at a salad bar. The man in front of her was taking a lot of time at the checkout and holding up the line.
He paid for a salad and something to drink and then started softly chatting with the checker while everyone waited impatiently. Some commented on his rudeness. Eventually, he turned around, bent over and wished the woman a Merry Christmas. The woman’s teeth shined brightly as she smiled and the gentleman walked away.
She ordered her salad and was pushed to the cashier. She started to open her purse and the cashier told her the man in front of her had paid for her food. She pointed to an empty spot where the man was standing. He had disappeared.
The woman’s smile widened as if an angel had blessed her.