Reading: Luke 2: 1-20 (Click to read text)
Reflection: Today’s the day! Jesus Christ is born! Having experienced the birth days of my two children, I know how exciting the day a new baby is born. But unlike Mary and Joseph, I enjoyed the day in a hospital room, with nurses and doctors taking care of the little one and a hospital staff that took care of other needs for me.
I love telling the birth story of my children. And, I like to remember birthdays past of my own. On this day, as we celebrate Jesus’ birthday, perhaps you could share your most memorable birthday to date. What made that day so special?
You might even bake a birthday cake for Jesus or sing the song, “Happy Birthday to You.” That song was written by two schoolteachers in the late 1800s. It has a copyright that isn’t set to expire until after 2030, and it brings in over two million dollars of royalties every year. Imagine how the families of those two teachers feel about their loved ones accomplishment!
As you read and reflect on the nativity story today, think about you can spread the message of Jesus to others. Just as those schoolteachers did, you can leave a legacy for others by telling them about the tiny baby born in the town of Bethlehem. Merry Christmas to you and your family! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing Prayer: In the stillness of this day, Lord, help me to feel the joy of the birth of your son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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