Although my Puritan ancestors in the faith would have foreborne observance of Christmas (after all, the only holy day commanded in scripture is the Lord’s Day), I don’t follow them in that particular. And therefore I say to all of you, Merry Christmas, and God bless us, every one! The words of Luke 2 are particularly timely at this time of year:
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
May God richly bless us all with another year of love, fellowship, and service to him.