This coming Sunday will be the lighting of the third Advent candle, the Shepherdâ€™s Candle. The angels came upon the shepherds tending their sheep and announced the miracle of Bethlehem - the coming of the Christ child. God would send his only begotten son, who would be the savior of mankind and would bring everlasting life. That was the promise and that was the word that made the people rejoice; Joy to the world, the king has come.
The joy and anticipation of the wonder of the Christmas holiday is real and experienced in every generation. This holiday lives with many of us for years and years; not all Christmas holidays, but at least one or two will be with us until the day we die.
The Advent, the coming, is real for all of us at least once in our lives. The story of the shepherds being sought out and told to go and find the babe in the manger is important in the telling, because the Christ child came for all people, not just the elites.
The son of God was born in a stable and slept in a manger. Animals ate their straw out of the manger, and the King of Kings slept there. That has always presented a picture of humble beginnings and of oneness with the people, of God and of man.
Each of us has a memory of the miracle of Christmas, and it holds us to the holiday for the rest of our lives.
The Christmas miracle is real. The coming of the messiah is wrapped in innocence, wonder and joy. The nativity has been experienced by most Christians at least once.
Three weeks into the Advent season has Christians the world over ready to celebrate their beginnings - the wonder of the season, the birth of Christ the King.
God bless you. See the miracles all around you.
A point to ponder.
Phil Mikan is the host of the Phil Mikan Show on WMRD 1150/WLIS AM 1420 daily at 10 a.m. and the Weekend Corner Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. You can reach him at email@example.com or write him at Phil Mikan, Central Connecticut Communications, One Herald Square, New Britain, CT 06051.