I have enjoyed looking at this beautiful ceramic Nativity set since the start of my employment 10 years ago here at First Pres. It has been set up in the church office each year for years; no one remembers how we acquired this particular set, but it is special just the same.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.
Wonderful God, help us to keep our focus daily on the true gift that You have given us; grace and salvation in the coming of our Lord Jesus. Let us live this day in the fact the God is truly with us. Amen.