Celebrating Christmas Through the Eyes of Witnesses

Looking for the Blessed Hope

Merry Christmas! As we celebrate the birth of the Christ child, let’s consider the eye witnesses to the spectacular event.

When the angel, Gabriel, appeared to a young teenage virgin, he announced, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” (Luke 1:28) Initially Mary must have been taken aback, but she responded with great rejoicing. (Luke 1:46-56) She was no ordinary teenager, but rather one ready and available for the Father’s use.

Despite troubles and a very unexpected turn of events, Mary remained steadfast in the midst of it all, even to the point of enduring a 90-mile donkey ride while 9 months pregnant. What great encouragement it is to us. Despite the troubles we encounter in our day, we can remain steadfast in the midst of it all. God will pour out His blessings on us as…

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