Psalm 8:3-4 “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou are mindful of him?  And the son of man, that thou visitest him?”

In December 1989, President George H.W. Bush issued his first Christmas Presidential Proclamation. It included the following profound truths about the miracle of Christ’s birth:

“During the beautiful and holy season of Christmas, our hearts are filled with the same wonder, gratitude, and joy that led the psalmist of old to ask, ‘When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained, What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that Thou visitest him?’ At Christmas, we, too, rejoice in the mystery of God’s love for us – love revealed through the gift of Christ’s birth. Born into a family of a young carpenter and his wife, in a stable shared by beasts of the field, our Savior came to live among ordinary men. Yet, in time, the miraculous nature of this simple event became clear. Christ’s birth changed the course of history, bringing the light of hope to a world dwelling in the darkness of sin and death. Today, nearly 2,000 years later, the shining promise of that first Christmas continues to give our lives a sense of peace and purpose. Our words and deeds, when guided by the example of Christ’s life, can help others share in the joy of man’s Redemption.”

Well said Mr President and Amen!

May we embrace the beauty and holiness of this season.  May our hearts be filled with wonder, gratitude, and joy.  May we rejoice in the love of God that is mindful of man and has been revealed through the gift of Christ’s birth.  May we marvel at our Saviour’s coming to live among ordinary men. May we praise Him for changing the course of history and bringing hope to a world otherwise characterized by the darkness of sin and death.  May we cling to the promise of salvation through Christ that gives our lives a sense of peace and purpose.  May our words and deeds be Christlike and lead others to the joy of man’s Redemption!