Chaplain David John Peacock, MTS
Shelby Baptist Medical Center

I remember when my youngest daughter was 5 years old, and she was learning Christmas carols.  The First Noel that was written in 1823 by William Sandys was her favorite carol and she loved to sing it often. The only problem with that is that she would sing the wrong words. She would sing, “Oh well. Noel. Oh well. Oh Noel. Born is the King of Israel”.  There is a bit of humor in her lyrics, but there is also truth to be reminded of.

The word, “Noel” is a French word that originates from a Latin word that is translated, “Birthday”.  So my daughter was singing, “Oh Well. Happy Birthday. Oh well. Happy Birthday. Born is the King of Israel.”

The story and season of Christmas can become very familiar for all of us leading us to be apathetical toward the most significant birthday that ever occurred; the birth of Jesus the Christ!   To keep from this happening this year to you and those whom you love, I would encourage you to read and reflect upon the miraculous story written down for us by Dr. Luke.

 “And an angel of the Lord appeared to the angels, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes.” (Luke 2:9-12)

Prayer: Lord I pray that the gift of Jesus (Emmanuel- God with us) that was wrapped in swaddling clothes will bring us good news, and great joy during this Christmas season. I pray that this Incarnation would help us to avoid apathy, and impact our relationships, jobs and attitudes toward life! I ask Lord that our fear s would be replaced by us experiencing Your glory that would shine everywhere we go.  In Jesus name. Amen.



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