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Love never fails” (1 Cors 13:8)

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15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ 

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6While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.

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2:1In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 

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Every year over the past three decades, I have written a Christmas story to read to the children who attend worship at St. Philip on Christmas Day.

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When Mary and Joseph entered the temple in Jerusalem to give thanks for the birth of their son and to dedicate him to the Lord, they met an aging holy man named Simeon. Simeon blessed the couple and their baby.

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Five times in nineteen verses the idea is repeated.

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While Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to deliver her baby. When Jesus was born, Mary wrapped him in cloth, and laid him in a cattle feeding stall where they were lodging, because there was no other room for them in the whole village.

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While these things were taking place the Roman Emperor Augustus ordered that a census be taken of everyone under his rule. This took place during the time Qurinius was governor of Syria. All the people of the Roman provinces of Syria and Judaea were forced to travel to their home town to be counted for the purpose of taxation.

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These things were all taking place in line with the Divine purpose for all of life that had existed from the beginning of time as shown through the prophet who said, ‘A virgin will conceive and bear a son who will be named Emmanuel,’ which means ‘God is with us.’

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