Scripture for Christmas Eve 2010

Luke 2:15-20

15When 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.”
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Lord, You revealed the birth of the Savior of the world to simple shepherds in the fields, unlearned and unsophisticated men rather than the learned and elite. They recognized the magnitude of what they saw and went about praising and glorifying You. Make our hearts like the hearts of those simple shepherds. Wipe away the sophistication and cynicism and touch our spirits so we praise and glorify You above all. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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