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Christmas is supposed to be a joyful and happy time of year. But to some it can be a difficult and sad time. To the shepherds, before that first Christmas Eve, the night was just like any other. They had to tend the sheep and keep watch for wild animals and thieves. This is what they did the previous night and it is what they expected would take place once more. But their routine was shattered.
For the shepherds, it was the arrival of the Messiah. Imagine the roller coaster ride of emotions as fear gave way to excitement to hear that the Messiah had come. But after the excitement dies down, life happens.
We prepare ourselves for Christmas and get together with family and friends. Gifts and Blessings are exchanged. Through it all, life happens. Sometimes it brings us joy, and sometimes it brings us tears. We are meant to share it all; with each other, and most importantly, with Jesus Christ our Messiah, who understands us and loves us. On this day that we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us set aside a moment of our day for Him.
Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you to defend you, within you to keep you, before you to lead you, beside you to guard you, and above you to bless you.