Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday!
My mother-in-law, Frances Archer, lived to be 91 years of age. She died in January of 1997. Her birthday was Christmas day! We had some fun birthday parties for her. Santa Claus showed up one year with a gift for each child! The little boy in this picture is our nephew, Kurt. Here she is with a birthday cake. She died in January 1997. I miss her and always remember her, especially on Christmas Day.
The third Sunday of Advent is Joy. We light the pink candle of Joy.
…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:7-12
The angels sang a message of joy.
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” Luke 2:13-15