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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Word For The Week

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

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. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

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

"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests."

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."

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

Merry Christmas!

May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
And may the LORD,
Who wants you to honor the Reason for the season,
May He turn His face toward you and give you peace.

Emancipated by Athanasius @ 11:00 AM

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Peace be with you, Oscar.

Posted by Blogger Renee in Ohio @ Sunday, December 24, 2006 8:25:00 PM #

A blessed Christmas to you and your loved ones. Oscar.

Posted by Blogger Holly J @ Sunday, December 24, 2006 8:52:00 PM #

Oscar, come home: we miss you. xox puddle

Posted by Blogger puddle @ Sunday, December 24, 2006 9:13:00 PM #

Merry Christmas Oscar. And a very happy 2007.

Posted by Blogger donna in evanston @ Sunday, December 24, 2006 9:43:00 PM #

Have a very good Christmas, Oscar--not just the single day, but the entire season.

Alan in CA

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ Monday, December 25, 2006 12:18:00 AM #

Merry Christmas, Oscar.

Posted by Blogger jc @ Monday, December 25, 2006 1:27:00 AM #
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