They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. So what words do you hear this picture saying? Emmanuel, "God with us." "My peace I give to you." "Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord." Love and adoration of the Christ child exhibited by not only the shepherds but by kings. Love of the Father, that he would send his only Son to live among us, knowing the pain and suffering that would follow.
Jesus was born in a stable, not a castle. He lived a common life, not a life of wealth and privilege. He experienced every hard part of life that we deal with and every joy. He knew the love of friends and family as well as the betrayal and hatred of enemies. He walked in our shoes. He did all of this because of His love for us. He chose to be the sacrifice that would allow us to live with Him eternally but also to enjoy the joy, peace and comfort He gives here on earth.
Christmas is a time of celebration. Have fun. Enjoy your family and friends. But, don't get so busy and stressed out that you forget what this season is really all about. It is about love and sacrifice, God's and ours.
To all of my family, friends and extended family, I wish you a very special and blessed Christmas season. May it last throughout the next 366 days and not be limited to one brief period in December.
Love to all, Mama Lois