On the night before Christmas

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Saturday, December 14: Dust off that Bible. We'll wait and pretend you din't have to look for it first. What's your favorite biblical account of the Christmas Story and why since it's in different books of the Bible.                              
This pic was taken in 2011 at The Christmas Eve Service my church has every year. Probably one of my favorite services we do. I love how quaint and intimate it is. Sometimes church can get very impersonal and showy. This service is always a great time to strip everything back and focus on the real meaning of the season.

Growing up when I thought I had a little talent, I would always be in the church plays actin' and singin'. Mind you I am no actor and can't sing to save my life. I can remember playin' a lamb and one year feelin' all important cause I was allowed to be the Angel Gabriel. I got to tell Mary that a son would be born onto her. I was so excited you couldn't tell me nothin'. Y'all don't even know. The Bible in itself is a great piece of work. Wait, that sounded a hot mess but you get the point. The fact that they would go to Bethlehem to have a baby is a feet in itself. First can you imagine being preggers and then havin' that baby with all them nasty animals. I love animals. I really do but y'all know it had to be hot and funky up in there. And she ain't even have no medcine. But it's all right cause we'll just blame Eve for eatin' the apple. Heck, I blame everything on Eve. Mmmm, if you don't know what I'm talkin' about then I'mma need you to read your Bible more. Anyways, back to the point. And then all them people wanna come in and see baby Jesus. Man, Mary had to be a downright mess. She just gave birth in a stable no less and people wanna crowd around see the Son of God. I know she was thinkin', "Chil please!" But obvs Mary isn't like that. But my favorite part of the story was always the three kings. The fact that they weren't the least bit skeptical and followed that star to Jesus amazes me to this day. I would have been loosin' what little marbles I have and thinkin' the devil was out to get me. Maybe that's my problem.

But in all seriousness... I am extremely grateful that Mary brought baby Jesus into this world only to give him up some so many years later. After all he is the reason for the season.
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14 comments

  1. Yes. Thank God for Medicine. Also for the Nativity Story movie for genuinely capturing the awkwardness of the whole situation.

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  2. I nominated you for the Liebster award. Check out my post to see the details. I hope you'll participate!

    http://coffeewithkai.blogspot.com/2013/12/liebster-award.html

    Kai

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    1. Thank you Kai! I'll have to check it out

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    2. AHH!!! I did too! I guess I wasn't paying attention, or that just means you really really deserve some recognition!! (:

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  3. I love Christmas Eve service. It helps me focus on what Christmas is all about. And Away in a Manger is one of my favorite!

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    1. Yes! I remember sining it as a solo and thinking I won the world. Such a beautiful song.

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  4. Oh, I love this, Aleshea! Like you, I always love, love, loved the Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve, and I look forward to it every year, though things have changed over the years with several moves, getting married and different traditions. It's still such a comfort and such a heartwarming, incredible story. Doesn't matter how many times I've heard it, I'll still be in awe and forever grateful for what happened that night in Bethlehem so many years ago.

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  5. I blame it all on Adam, not Eve, but that's another topic. I haven't watched the Nativity story or really any movies on Christ's birth, but I always wondered how it would be for Mary to give birth being a virgin an all. Did it still hurt like her later childrens birth? Christmas eve is my moms bday so we celebrate her n get to open one present that day.

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    1. PREACH Tara. All the questions I have. My sister was born right before Christmas and came home oh Christmas. Has to be rough to be a holiday baby.

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  6. Christmas Eve and candlelight service are always so beautiful.

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  7. This was one of my fav services too as a kid!

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  8. I adore that picture! What a special and sweet moment!!!!

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