Only One Story

Today, there is only one story that should be told.  Read it here if nowhere else:

Luke 2: 1 – 21

It came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.   She brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn and there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  The angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord and this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”  Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”  And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.  When they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.  And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.  But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.  And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah”  is a nice finale to a really good story on this Christmas day.   Please enjoy.

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3 Responses to Only One Story

  1. Leo says:

    Thanks, Mom! I love Luke's telling of Jesus' birth. A great story on the day we celebrate and remember.

    Merry Christmas!!

    • cwurschmidt says:

      Believe it or not, I remembered the same thing from my childhood. I just knew it was the right one immediately. Wonder what it would be like to have your stories told 2000 years later. That, in and of itself, is a miracle. Merry Christmas to you and your family..

      • Leo says:

        I know, that would be wild to have your life's stories told and retold for that long. That is cool you remembered it like it was yesterday.

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