Sunday, December 20, 2015


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Luke 1:26-38 King James Version

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.

31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

As Christmas approaches, I feel like a child once more. The magic, the mystery, the anticipation, the lights, the very smell in the air.

It is a time for family, for friends, for the giving of gifts (and they need not be material). It is a time for love.

For without love, we truly have nothing.

Nothing at all.

That is the secret, that is the message. That was His message.

He will come again.

Count on it...
Matthew 22:36-40 King James Version

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

The song "Gabriel's Message," as performed by Sting, shall always be a favorite, it has a great deal of poignancy attached to it. Lex featured it in a Christmas post in 2011. I truly wish I could find that post.


  1. Great post Sarge. Really love those last two pictures.

    Love God, love your neighbor as you love yourself. Those are the keys to paradise on earth. I pray that the lost ones will find a way to turn the keys.

    1. Thanks Shaun, I pray for the lost ones as well.

  2. A Most Proper 4th Sunday of Advent post. Well Done, My Friend! A most wonderful Christmas you, and your readers, and co conspirtors, from The Badger's Burrow.

    1. Thank you Scott. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.

      May your burrow be ever warm and cozy.

  3. The word "Behold" pretty much get my attention and say a lot.
    Christmas is all about what's in this post.
    God bless you and yours this season.

    1. May the Good Lord shower his blessings upon you and yours as well Skip.

  4. Beautiful post, Sarge. Merry Christmas!

  5. Very nice OAFS. A very merry and blessed Christmas to you and yours as well as your commentariat and lurkers.

    Currently enroute vic Juvat's AO.

    1. Thanks Dust, may you and yours have a blessed Christmas as well.

      Safe travels my friend.


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