"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
"In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to his town to register.
So Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem, the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 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 of great joy that will be for all the people. Today, in the town of David a savior has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly, a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the Angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth, peace to men
on whom his favor rests."
Luke 2: 1-14
Light has pierced the darkness. Good news has been given to all mankind. It is my hope that the peace and joy of this Christmas season be yours every day in the coming year.
And that, my friends, is my view.