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Barbara Ann Smith
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Tis Christmas...let's never forget the long journey Joseph and Mary, Jesus` parents, traveled the week of Jesus` birth. Let us sing praises unto Jesus and rejoice in His birthday during this blessed Christmas Season, giving thanks unto God's Son, Jesus Christ for His gift to us. He so willingly gave His life for the sins of all human life and through acceptance of Jesus Christ into our lives, we can have an eternal life with Jesus in Heaven. It is a joyeous season and the season to give praise unto Him for His precious gift to all mankind.
May each of you Faithwriters Writers have a blessed Christmas...may God's richest blessings shower each of you with love, understanding of His word, joy, and happiness & your upcoming New Year be all you ever dreamed of.
Times nearing for Jesus` birth,
a law passes in the land...
requiring Jews to return to their ancestral homes,
Romans were going to take a census.
This meant Joseph and Mary, Jesus` parents,
must travel a seventy mile trip to Nazareth of Bethlehem.
They traveled a week-long exhausting trip,
finding no rooms for them in the local inn...
the innkeeper turned them away.
Joseph didn't know what to do...
worried and worn out they found shelter,
in a nearby stable...
Mary gave birth to Jesus,
wrapping Him tight in strips of linen cloth.
This was an ancient practice...
keeping Jesus` arms and legs from moving,
they would now grow straight and strong...
tired and exhausted...
Mary laid Jesus on the bed of straw in a manger,
where the animals grazed.
Imagine the stark and moving scene,
Jesus, the Son of God...
coming into the world, a helpless baby,
lying in a crude manger.
The dark sky shown with a bright light,
nearby shepherds came to see the newborn child.
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