The light keeps shining in the dark, and the darkness has never put it out.

John 1:5 (CEV)

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When the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go right now to Bethlehem and see what’s happened. Let’s confirm what the Lord has revealed to us.” They went quickly and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw this, they reported what they had been told about this child. Everyone who heard it was amazed at what the shepherds told them. Mary committed these things to memory and considered them carefully. The shepherds returned home, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. Everything happened just as they had been told.

Luke 2:15-20

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Merry Christmas! It’s Christmas Day! The Light is here!

The shepherds heard these same words of good news from the angels. Their response was “to go right now.” They didn’t wait. They were so thrilled, they just had to go!

We only need to read the lines of the hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” to understand why. They were ready; they had been waiting and waiting and waiting for the Messiah. And when the day came, they had to go and see… Was the darkness over? Had the Light finally come?

Indeed, it had. Indeed, it has. Every year we celebrate the Light in the darkness on this Christmas Day. So what will you do? Will you go and see? Will you confirm the good news?

Merry Christmas! It’s Christmas Day! The Light is here!

Now, let’s go, right now!

Kris “Bubba” Brammer

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I celebrate with you, O Lord, on this joyous day. I give thanks for the greatest gift of your love made flesh in the Christ child. Give me the strength to go without hesitation to see, to show, and to share your great love. Amen.

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The Light has come.

The Light is within us.

Go and let the Light shine.

Kris "Bubba" Brammer

Kris "Bubba" Brammer currently serves as the Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, NE. Growing up in the mountains of Roanoke, VA and previously serving churches in NC, he is now learning and exploring the many hidden wonders of Nebraska with his wife Kris and their dog Wrigley. He also enjoys golf, fly-fishing, and wood working.

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