Today is the first Sunday of Advent and the COs decided to put together a live nativity scene. We had a kid, a lamb, a calf and a donkey up on stage and the children came in dressed as the wise men, shepherds, etc. We even had a baby although Mrs Lt wasn't game to put her 2 day old in the manger so she just carried her. Once you got used to it, the smell of the animals was hardly noticeable.
Now for my copious notes from the sermon.
No one can know the future, what their children will do or become.
Did Mary know the impact that her baby boy would have on the people around him or future generations?
We don't need to go searching for Him because He is Immanuel - God with us.
Accepting the free gift of God is what Christmas is all about.