Sunday Book Club: Merry Christmas

December 25, 2016 Christmas, Sunday Book Club 14

No specific discussion question today but I wanted to take this time to, again, wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and to remind you that Jesus loves you so dearly.

At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.  She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.  Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified,  but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.  The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!  And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in highest heaven,
    and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished,  but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

(taken from Luke 2, NLT)

Here are a couple of my favorite Christmas hymns. I pray they bless you as much as they do for me!

Carrie

14 Responses to “Sunday Book Club: Merry Christmas”

  1. Winnie Thomas

    Merry Christmas, Carrie! Thanks for all you do for book lovers everywhere. Hugs, my BFFF!

  2. Haley Resseguie

    Merry Christmas, Carrie! Hope you and your family have had a wonderful time celebrating today.

  3. Kim

    Merry Christmas Carrie! Hope your day was wonderful. Thank you so much for all you do. Thank you for expanding my TBR (so glad our reading tastes are the same). I am so looking forward to your best of 2016.

    • Carrie

      Thank you, Kim! I appreciate your encouragement!! The best of 2016 was a tough choice this year – so many good books!

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