Christmas. For the past several weeks I have been giving thought to what meaningful image I could share with you on Christmas eve/morning going through months and months of images but not coming up with anything I truly liked. Many things crossed my mind - what little of it that's left - as possibilities; none of them rang true. So a couple of nights ago we took a drive with the cherubs in tow to view the local Christmas light displays. We saw lots of pretty stuff and one manger scene. That display of the first Christmas called out and said I'm what you need. And it was. I took a series of shots and once back home put them in the computer to see what I had. I selected two of them, used the best parts of the two, straightend the composition, removed everything but the cresh portion, added a background and texture, and finally a starburst. It's a totally artistic rendering whose mean Luke does a good job of presenting.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to All people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Wishing each and every one of you a Glorious Christmas.