You may have been busy during the past several days. Personally, I have travelled in 5 different states over two days with my beautiful wife and my parents to my brother's new home. Mary, thank you for putting up with that.

I'd like to take a minute to wish you the fullness of all that this holiday has to offer. The fullness prophesied about 2,600 years ago by Isaiah:

The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them.
You shall multiply the nation,
You shall increase their gladness;
They will be glad in Your presence
As with the gladness of harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
Isaiah 9:2-3 (NASB)

Furthermore, Isaiah prophesied:

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6-7 (NASB)

The prophesy of Isaiah was fulfilled around 2,000 years ago. While we do not know the exact date, the early church leaders decided to take the coldest and darkest part of the year to celebrate the time when the light came to shine on us. That light is the Christ-child, whose birth is the reason for the holiday of Christmas. Strip away the toys that will become boring, the electronics that will break, and the clothing that will wear out, and we are left with Him: Jesus Christ, who came to give a dark world a great light that we could not provide for ourselves. May the peace, love, and joy of the Christ-child fill your heart this holiday season and always. May you and your family have a joyful, peaceful, and wonderful Christmas.

You may enjoy Rob's sharing of a telling of the Christmas story.

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