Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” - Luke 2:13-14
Christmas Eve: Christmas Is Calling You Home
Timothy L. McNeil
It was in the third year of the term of Jimmy Carter as president. The birth that was anticipated was not in the holy family but in my family. Brenda was “great with child” and it was Christmas eve. She was carrying our firstborn, and we worried — as all expectant mothers and fathers do — if all of the fingers and toes would be in place, if the child would be okay, and how the mother would survive the ordeal.
I wondered if the father would survive. I wondered what would happen if Brenda suddenly went into labor during the middle of Christmas eve services. We escaped unscathed that night and our Christmas present from the stork arrived two days later.
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