Coffee with Keith
It’s a humbling privilege to have The Boerne Star be a part of your Christmas this year as the 2020 version of this holy holiday happens to fall on a Friday.
First of all, from all of us to all of you, a very, merry Christmas. In this challenging year when the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us, sometimes tragically, we wish you peace, good will and the comfort, love and saving grace that only God and His son can provide.
Today’s column remains my annual favorite. Those of you who read it a year ago may remember that I quote the Gospel of Luke to retell the Christmas story — and then put a little twist on it.
Please note that as a 59-year-old adult, I continue to believe in the magic of Santa Claus. But, I also believe in and know the true reason for the season.
Yes, Christ belongs in Christmas ... yesterday, today and forever.
So, here is the original and real Christmas story from the New King James version of Luke 2. Enjoy.
“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
“Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
“So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.’
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!’
“So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.’
“And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
“Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
“But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
“Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.” ...
Now, imagine you were one of those angels, or, more specifically, the angel who talks to the shepherds. You announce the birth of the Savior, the “good tidings of great joy” for all people.
You’re the messenger, the reporter, the broadcaster. You’re the source of the best news of all time.
Think about that. You get to start the chain reaction that spreads around the world of Jesus the Christ being born. And you tell the shepherds to go to Him.
Think about it.
Then, after you tell the shepherds, you are joined by a heaven full of other angels who praise God and proclaim the good news.
What a truly incredible thing.
Friends, just imagine all that. Just imagine the experience. Just imagine your role. Just imagine your announcement to those shepherds and to the world.
It doesn’t better than that!
And the great thing is we all still can do that today. We can tell the world about Christ coming to earth to save all mankind from sin and death.
Today is Christmas. It truly is a magical day and time.
I encourage you today, and even in the days and weeks ahead, to think about that first silent night, holy night.
Yes, the Lord has come. Joy to the world!
Again, the merriest of Christmases from The Boerne Star. Please rejoice safely.
And, of course and as always, thanks for reading.