For me, the Bible’s accounting is a great reminder

 

TRI-CITY AREA — Editor’s note: the following column is my opinion and belief of what Christmas is. And only mine. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of this newspaper or other staff members. I am not forcing anyone to believe how I do, I’m simply sharing my thoughts on this Christmas season.

I could not possibly tell you how many times I have heard the Christmas Story. But, it’s a lot!!

I remember hearing it as a child while I still lived in Owosso. We attended a methodist church and this story was always part of the holiday season.

Later, after we moved to Yale and began attending Trinity Missionary Church, the story was told every year in church and often times at other family functions.

Some years, as our family on my wife’s side celebrated the season, we would get out the Bible and pass it around the circle, each reading a verse of Luke 2:1-20.

In my opinion, so many people get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, buying gifts, traveling, having holiday parties all good stuff, But it seems to me seldom do many take time to reflect on what I believe is history’s greatest story ever told.

I never tire of hearing this story and with each passing year, I tend to reflect more and am more thankful every year for both the story and the life of Jesus.

While there are several translations of the passage, below is the Christmas Story as written in what I often use and refer to for scripture, the New International Version of the Bible:

The Birth of Jesus – Luke 2:1-20 verse 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.

2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.)

3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.

5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,

7 And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,

18 And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

As you enjoy this Christmas season, I’d like to extend my best wishes to everyone for a Merry Christmas. Take time to be with your family

If you are so inclined, I’d like to encourage you to read the greatest story ever told. If not, that’s ok too.

I’m just glad I have this reminder and knowledge for why I celebrate this season.