For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

Hello Altered Stories Family,

As I write it is almost Christmas.

Many will gather to celebrate the birth of our Lord, but what is behind his coming?

Well, to find that answer let us look at the story through an unlikely character’s eyes.

Say you are a shepherd who is out at night watching your flock and you and your friends see the most unlikely of sites, an entire sky of heavenly hosts, singing, and telling you not to fear, because the Messiah has been born. You as a shepherd are in a quandary, because you are considered lowest in class whose word by nature cannot be trusted. So you ask yourself, why would the Almighty appear to you?

This points to the character of God, he loves those the world would cast aside.

Even the most well-known poet shepherd boy understood this, as he often wrote about the character of God in his Psalms.

You see God’s biggest reason for coming, was love.

The most well-known verse in the Bible explains it perfectly John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that who so ever believes in him will not parish but have eternal life.”

Before Christ, we were lost, hopeless, wondering aimlessly in the darkness.

Now because he came, we have a hope that no man can take away.

Remember this as you gather with your families.

We are loved, and we are asked to love even as God loves. Share this good news with everyone around you.

Until next time,

God bless,

Teresa