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December 19, 2018
December 18, 2018, 1:00 PM

“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:20

What would have been the reaction of the religious leaders if the angel had appeared to them? The shepherds were afraid but excited to experience what had taken place in Bethlehem. After they saw the miraculous Baby, they returned to their business. However, they were never the same again. That should be our response as we experience the Savior! Once we come to know Jesus, our lives take on an entirely different meaning, and we have the desire to serve Him. The people were amazed at what the shepherds told them. The ones who were typically the outcasts of society were telling the “Good News” of great joy; the Savior has come!

There comes a time when we must return too. We get excited about the Christmas season, as we should, because it is the celebration of our Savior’s birth. During this time, we share meals together, exchange gifts and many are fortunate to have several days off from work. However, the time comes when we must return. We go back to work, take down the decorations and get back to the challenges of life. What then? The shepherds were excited when they returned because they had celebrated the birth of the Messiah. Are we excited enough in January to share the message of the One we celebrated in December? For Christians, it should be Christmas every day! The Gift should always be on our mind, the joy should always be in our hearts, and the testimony should always be on our lips

As the shepherds, we reach out to tell others the same “Good News”. Are others amazed because we are consistently glorifying and praising God as the shepherds did? May all of you have a very blessed and joyous Christmas as we celebrate our wonderful hope given to us before the foundation of the world. Then, as we return, may we be found continually rejoicing and praising God! We wish for each of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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