Christmas is quickly approaching and the excitement is building in the Fender household. We were blessed to be able to celebrate Christmas with my brother and his family yesterday which only led to even more anticipation among my kids. My sweet Sara was even up yesterday morning at 5:55 singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”! She is much like her mother and always has a song in her heart.

As we finished our delicious lunch yesterday, the kids loudly declared “It’s time to open the presents!” Oh their excitement and giggles rang through the house as they patiently waited for the adults to clean-up a bit. As each gift was opened it was loudly declared to all who were in the room what the gift was and who it was from…smiles abounded and playtime followed quickly! It was so wonderful.

As I have been reflecting on a verse that the Lord laid on my heart Sunday morning prior to leaving for church, I could not help but recount such a scene that occurred that beautiful Christmas night Jesus was born.

 “That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!  And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”  Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 

 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.  After seeing Him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.” Luke 2:1-20

Just like the kids in my family declared the gift they had been given and the giver, the shepherds did as well! They saw Jesus, God’s gift of salvation to us, and then they told everyone! Oh… be a shepherd.

This Christmas, I pray that each one who reads this will hear what is being exclaimed here at Faithfully Following…

Jesus Christ has come to save us all!! 1 John 2:2

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!! 2 Corinthians 9:15

Oh….to be a shepherd! Go Tell! ~Donna

Wishing each of you a Merry Christmas from our home to yours!


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