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From December 12, 2014

Bethlehem Nativity Scene A Reflection
  by Pastor Cliff

Hi Friends:

I love the hear the Appalachian carol, I Wonder as I Wander, sung at Christmas. In one verse, the anonymous author writes, “If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing, a star in the sky or a bird on the wing, or all of God’s angels in heaven for to sing, he surely could have had it, ‘cause he was the King.” Oh, the wonderful mystery of Christmas: The King born in a cow’s stall!

Ralph Sockman reminds us that Lord Tennyson could look at a flower in a crannied wall and glimpse through it the wonder of all creation. And listen to the words of one of last century’s foremost scientists, Albert Einstein. He said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He [she] to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his [her] eyes are closed.”

So open your eyes to the wonder of Christmas. Remember the shepherds living out in the fields, 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 that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger’” (Luke 2:8-12 NIV). I wonder as I wander.


Cliff Houston
Interim Pastor, FBCR

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