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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Sabbath Keeping - Christmas Eve 2017

born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel's strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne."

"And 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. And she brought forth her first born 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.  And 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. And 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. And 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."
~ Luke 2:1-19 ~

Please remember in prayer ~ those family and friends of Sharon D. who passed away this week ~ Rebekah ~ Jim ~ military members ~ all those working on Christmas Day ~ EMS ~ law enforcement ~ hospital staff ~ ...thank you all for your service!



  1. Merry Christmas dear Sandra and have a wonderful 2018.

    Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

    1. Merry Christmas Rainey; may you receive all God's blessings for this day and all the tomorrow's He gives you.

  2. Replies
    1. and to you and yours Leigh; may this Christmas be memorable in all good ways and may 2018 be full of safety and good things.

  3. Merry Christmas, Sandra!

    1. To you as well Jody; may you and your family be richly blessed this Christmas and in 2018.

  4. Trust you had a lovely day celebrating "God with us". Blessings!

  5. God bless you, Sandra! Thanks for all of the encouraging quotes you supply us with to keep us going! :) All the Lord's best for you in 2018!

  6. Since His birth more than 2000years ago times changed: We are allowed to say "Papa" to the Lord, we are His beloved children. All human being and more are children of His grace. And look: All over the world in all cultures they count the new time since the birth of the saviour!

    Have a blessed Christmas-time and a happy new year!


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