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Merry Christmas Everyone!
May the LORD bless you and yours on this most celebratory of days. God becoming human, in order to save us from our sins by being born as our Savior.
20But while he was thinking about these [things], look!, an angel [or, a messenger] of [the] Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, you should not be afraid to take Mary [as] your wife, for the [Baby] in her was conceived by [the] Holy Spirit. 21And she will give birth to a Son, and you will call His name Jesus [“Yahweh saves”], for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21).
8And shepherds were in the same region staying in the fields and watching over their flock [during the] watches of the night. 9And look! An angel of [the] Lord stood over them, and [the] glory of [the] Lord shone around them, and they feared a great fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Stop being afraid! For listen! I bring to you* the Gospel [or, Good News] of great joy, which will be to all the people. 11Because a Savior was born to you* today in the city of David, who is Christ [the] Lord! 12And this [will be] the sign to you*: You* will find a Baby having been wrapped in long strips of cloth, lying in a feeding trough.”
13And suddenly [there] was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army [or, host], praising God, and saying, 14“Glory to God in [the] highest, and peace on earth, goodwill among people!” (Luke 2:8-14).
12No one has seen God at any time. If we shall be loving one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given to us of His Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son [as] Savior of the world! 15Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16And we have known [or, have come to know] and have believed [or, have been convinced of] the love which God has in us. God is love, and the one abiding in that love abides in God, and God abides in him (1John 4:12-16; ALT3).
Below is my dad’s small Christmas tree, with two manager scenes, a mini one in the middle and a larger, handcrafted one at the bottom (made by my late aunt and uncle). Click for a larger image.
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