Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Carpe Diem Seven Days to Christmas #6, New Born King

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are counting down to Christmas, and I realized myself that I am writing our episode for Christmasday, so I have mis-counted myself, but ... well ... no problem ... I just write a new episode of this temporarely feature. This day I have chosen for the story of Christmas, not the story about Mr. Scrooge (in my opinion one of the best Christmas' stories), but that real story from the Holy Scripture as described in the New Testament in the book of the Evangelist Luke chapter 2 verses 4 to 20 (NIV).

The Birth of Jesus (Luke 2: 4-20; NIV)

4 Joseph 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.
Credits: Angels appearing to the sheperds
Isn't it a great story? In a way I always become a bit emotional as I read this wonderful story ... just that feeling of the sheperds ... brings tears into my eyes. Those man, the lowest of the lowest, were granted the joy of being the first to hear that Jesus Christ the Saviour was born in a stable laid in a manger. I only can say... rejoice ... Jesus Christ is born.

laid in a manger
our saviour and new born king -
real Christmas

© Chèvrefeuille

I wish you all a wonderful, magical and mysterious Christmas ...

This episode of Seven Days to Christmas is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 25th 7.00 AM (CET).

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