"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14 NIV).
The air is filled with anticipation: the arrival of guests, gifts under the tree, good food prepared, a quiet house ready to burst with 'Merry Christmas's' and laughter and 'my how you've grown!', and looking forward to the Christmas Eve candlelight service. Yet the greatest anticipation is in awaiting the birth of a child. There is so much joy surrounding a birth, but the holy family had so much to worry about: traveling to Joseph's home town to register for the census, finding a place to stay and rest, caring for the tiny infant Jesus in the rustic stable.
It is so wonderful to have family together to celebrate this blessed season. Gathering in the grandchildren to read the Christmas story, taking family pictures in front of the tree, the oohh's and aahh's as each gift is opened, the old stories shared that make everyone laugh, the hugs and smiles and the shared meal and conversation. It is a blessed event. May you and yours enjoy a truly blessed Christmas this year.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NIV).