1 John 4:7-16
7 Beloved let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
“As he is so are, we in the world” because we are his so should we be in the world. Be love.
Silent Night, Holy Night
Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin mother and child! Holy Infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night, holy night, Darkness flies, all is light; Shepherds hear the angels sing, “Alleluia! Hail the King! Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.”
Silent Night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face, With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.
Silent night, holy night, Wondrous star, lend thy light; With the angels let us sing Alleluia to our King; Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.
Words: Joseph Mohr
The account of the birth of Jesus in Luke includes a time in history. A decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all should be registered. This was the first census take while Quirinius was governor of Syria. The requirement was that each family had to go to their hometowns to be counted. We have a time in history and the method, which will provide the place of Jesus’ birth. It was a non-religious emperor who directed a census that placed Mary and Joseph at the exact place where Jesus was to be born. There was no room in the inn, and he was born in a manger.
Is there any room in our lives for Jesus to surprise us? Nearby there were shepherds out in the field watching their sheep and an angel of the Lord appeared to them. The best news is shared with them and us; there is “good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” For onto you is born this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. The sign a baby in swaddling clothes in a manger.
The shepherds went and found things just as the angels told them. They told Mary about the angels. Those who were there wondered about all the things the shepherds said. But Mary, Mary was different she treasured the words of the shepherds. They were also a gift to her a common gift of encouragement and confirmation, and she pondered them in her heart. When they left, they glorified and praised God. Will you glorify and praise God? He is here, He is Lord, He is love!