Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

No doubt you have noticed the dearth of posts for the past month, and before that, my increasingly sporadic attempts at maintaining this blog. I don't like neglecting The Seventh Sola, but the past few months have been challenging in both my work and family circumstances. Beginning with my late stepfather's illness starting this past spring and subsequent passing in October, I've been absorbed quite a bit at home caring for my mother, which demands a lot of attention. The office is busy also, with changes in personnel requiring me to pick up additional duties.

I am hopeful things will settle down a bit after the first of the year, and that I can get back to being a more regular contributor to blogdom. I am going to take a bit of a Christmas-week hiatus, and plan on being back with a post the following week -- definitely before the first of the year.

In the meantime, let me wish you and yours a most blessed and wonderful Christmas. May we always remember the true meaning of the season -- beginning in that humble Bethlehem manger 2,000 years ago . . .

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them
(Luke 2:1-20).

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