Many members of the #writingcommunity have been asking people to share their favorite Christmas story. Responses have included everything from Clement Clarke Moore’s classic story to movies such as It’s a Wonderful Life.
I love all the classic books and movies, but the greatest story ever told is written in the second chapter of the book of Luke.
My father traditionally read this story aloud to our family on Christmas Eve. After his death I took over the tradition by reading it aloud to my young nephews. After they were grown and had children of their own, my sister began a new tradition with this story.
Using one of her many nativity scenes, my sister encouraged her grandchildren to bring the story to life as they added the characters to the scene.
The greatest story set in a stable
Is a tale that’s real and not a fable.
The setting is humble; its characters are true.
A baby is born to save me and you.
I’m thankful this story has been such an important part of my life. I cannot imagine a world without it. This Christmas I pray you will hear the angels praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
I hope you find the time this season to read the second chapter of Luke. Ponder these things in your heart as Mary did when she received the angel’s visit. Make this story the most important story in your life.
“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”–Charles Dickens