68 "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.
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 room for them in the inn.
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 of great joy that will be for all the people.
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
There is a legend in Northern Canada taht at Midnight on Christmas Eve, a mysterious peace comes to the land. The deer and moose stop, even kneel on the ground. The cattle and sheep lower their heads and stay still. The legend says it is the natural world in adoration of the super-natural. It is Christmas Eve peace they say has settled on the land.
Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet (act 1, scene 1) of this Christmas miraculous peace.
Some say that whenever that season comes
Wherein our Savior's birth is celebrated
The bird of dawn sings all night long;
They say that no spirit can walk abroad;
No planet strikes,
No fairy takes,
No witch has power to charm,
So hallowed and gracious is this time.
It is Christmas Eve, and my prayer and heart for you is that this holy night is also a time of faith renewal in Jesus Christ - Immanuel - "God is with us".