"When the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, 'Let's go right now to Bethlehem and see what's happened. Let's confirm what the Lord has revealed to us.' They went quickly and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw this, they reported what they had been told about this child. Everyone who heard it was amazed at what the shepherds told them. Mary committed these things to memory and considered them carefully. The shepherds returned home, glorifying and praising God for they had heard and seen. Everything happened just as they had been told." (Luke 2:15-20)
Each December offers a returned of cherished traditions. In a way, Christmas is a kind of time machine where a song, photo, ornament, or a card can suddenly bring a memory from the past. What are the personal memories for which you are thankful? When you think about the time when those memories were made, do you feel the same sense of wonder and joy? As you begin your celebration of this season, take time to embrace recollections of past holidays and give thanks for the parents, grandparents, friends, and events that helped make Christmas come alive for you.
Charles Wesley wrote this well-known Christmas hymn based on Luke 2:13-14:
Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild, Go and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic hosts proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King."