"When the angels had left them and gone into heave, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the LORD has told us about.'" (Luke 2:15)
The shepherds ran to celebrate the Messiah's birth! They didn't want to miss it! They were so excited about celebrating Jesus' birth that they quickly spread the great news and "praised God for all the things they had heard and seen which were just as they had been told" (Luke 2:20).
In the month of December, we celebrated 4 birthdays, including baby Jesus'. It was a busy month, to say the least. I confess that I don't celebrate Jesus' birth like the shepherds did. More than often, the other birthday celebrations and the busyness of the season overshadow the great news of Jesus' birth. I pray that God will help me be more like the shepherds and excitedly spread the great news of Messiah's coming and praise God.
I am so thankful for the birthdays that we celebrate in December, especially the birth (even if I don't show it) of Jesus Christ, my personal Saviour!
Continuing to give thanks...
So much to be thankful for...
-another year older and the privilege of celebrating each day and year with my precious family
-how she loves to open everyone else's gifts!
-birthday lunch tradition with my sister (and including my hubby, Mom, and brother this year)
-welcoming another teenager into the family
-celebrating another year of our darling, tender-hearted, fun-loving daughter
-grandparents who adore all of their grandchildren
-grandparents that live next door and down the road
-celebrating the birthday of my sweet mother-in-law
-enjoying the packing snow while it lasted
-how he feels so at home with us
-how he loves to play games with the children
-how he so beautifully played his red clarinet
-his party spirit with the yummy sundaes and speculaas flavoured ice cream!
-how she loves to organize games/trivia, etc.
-how he is so gifted at memorization (knows every line from every movie that he watches, hence the winner of the trivia game)
-another fun, family gathering with lots of laughs
-our fun group of reindeer
-enjoying fun, competitive, team games
-mingling with the relatives
-our team, winning the games!
-how they got along so splendidly
-how she made gifts for all the widow ladies in the church
-how she loves her new fuzzy blanket
-how everyone takes turns playing games with her
-her love for games
-including pottery (he wins Dad of the year award for that)!