Luke 2 New International Version (NIV) Bible
The Birth of Jesus
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah,the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
MAY YOUR WORLD ALWAYS BE FULL OF WONDER, PEACE AND JOY
THE PAGE & SPINE FAMILY
A best seller is usually a best-teller.
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I know the reasons are numerous
why old folk tend to be humorous.
I used icy hot as
the remedy left me fumerous.
Excuses are the foundation of failure.
The Domestic Goddess’ Little Known Fact:
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Kenny Rodgers’ song The Gambler is really about folding fitted sheets--
“You gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em,
Know when to walk away, know when to run…”
That which “everyone knows” is usually wrong.
– N.K. Wagner
The difference between raising boys and girls is
the boy headbutts his brother and
the girls just butt heads.
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Bizarre – just another expat day in China
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Expatriate Princess is having her nails done.
False ends with gloss; it gets her out of the sun!
Significantly cheaper in China; better than home.
An appointment was easy, all she did was phone.
She is relaxed and settled in the beautician’s seat.
Her nails are glued, trimmed and filed; all very neat.
But then there’s a hitch; she can hear a mutter.
The manicurist now has her arms aflutter.
There’s no electricity to fix and finish the sheen.
No ultra-violet light; you know what I mean.
What does she do when the power is cut?
Get the client across to the pork vendor’s hut.
Each hand takes 3 minutes for its nails to set.
Our Princess nods sweetly; feeling a bit wet.
It’s the humidity. She grins like a Cheshire cat.
While the smell of the pork knocks her all but flat.
This is the best plan; she’s been well convinced
and tries to look serene as the pork gets minced.
So her gloss gets set in the ultra-violet hue.
What else was an expatriate Princess to do?
It’s only later she thinks it is pretty queer.
But odd things like that make expat life so dear.
Writer Jenny Harp is a New Zealander grandmother who lives in the United States with her husband and loves God, life and family.
C_lucas is my pen name. It’s meant to protect the guilty, namely me.
Dorothy Taylor is a retired Scottish podiatrist who loves traveling and lived for many years with her engineer-husband in China.
N.K. Wagner is Publisher and Executive Editor of Page & Spine.