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And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.
She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.
Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified,
but the angel reassured them.
“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.
The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
An army of angels appeared. An army... legions if you can quantify that. They appeared. On Earth. They appeared and they spoke- and they said Peace. On. Earth. They came, and they praised, and they delivered the Good News, and they pronounced a messsage from the One whom sent them- Peace on Earth. Now, there's Peace on Earth.
Peace has arrived... for Everyone.
Peace on Earth in the form on a baby, wrapped in wrags, in the stench of manure... born to a girl who'd never known a man. Peace on earth showed up in the pit- outcast with no room for Him anywhere. But He still came.
The angel army came not to annouce that one day they would HAVE peace... that one day, at the END of the toil, they'd have peace. You see, that's true. One day, since that baby came to be nailed to a tree, it's true- at the end, they'd have Peace.
But what the angels said is Peace on Earth. Not later... not when the kids go to bed, not when the next paycheck comes in, not when your wife starts cooking dinner every night like she should, not when your husband looks at you again like he used to, not when the cancer is gone, not when you get the promotion... not later. Now, back then. Every day since... Peace came to earth.
He came down in a barn and was broken down upon a tree and washed the earth clean. From THAT moment, Peace was upon the earth.
They brough Good News- news that would bring joy to ALL People.
Peace came to earth... He washed us clean, and He is still here.
In all the moments, in all the stench of loss and fear and worry and insanity... Peace.
So have Peace, sweet friend. Not later on down the road after the _________.
But now, bathe yourself in His Peace, because YOU are why He came down.
. We are so close to His coming... Mary is so heavy with child, but there's still time, because it doesn't end Dec 25th.