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"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." (Luke 2:8-14)

The “holiday” season is here once again – shopping malls crammed with shoppers, Christmas music playing, and candy and cakes for the sweet tooth while the desperate shopper looks frantically for that bargain stocking stuffer, hoping that that gift would put the sparkle in the eye of the one they love. This little ritual is played right up to 10:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve... looking, hoping, and trying to find that perfect gift or the right dress.

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I love the Christmas season—the fellowship with family and friends, the fun, the happiness and excitement, and the decorations!

This is a very obvious statement, and this article is not going to be all about how much I love Christmas. I want to, rather, focus on how God designed us for fellowship, and how we enjoy fellowship with each other over this beautiful season. We experience an infinitesimal taste of what it means to have fellowship with God.

Many years ago, I asked God to help me to try to understand His love. His answer grounded me. The love that I feel for my husband and our four children is, infinity times infinity, indescribable. God said back to me so clearly that this love that I feel for my family is but an infinitesimal taste of His love for me.

God wired us for love. Scientists have found this to be so as they navigate their way though intricate world of neuroscience. We feel this love as we fellowship with those we love. His grace extends to the great care and purposefulness He poured into our design, which enables us to experience this fellowship.

For example, the prefrontal cortex (the front part of the brain, just above the eyebrows that most people know as the frontal lobe) has specifically been designed to connect us with people. As we make eye contact and assess facial expressions and tones in voices and body language, our frontal lobe makes sense of all this, and we reach out and hug. God put these cute little mirror neurons within the networks of our brain that help us mirror each other’s emotions, and experience each other’s joy.

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While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 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. (Luke 2:6-7)

I'd like to share the story of Christmas from the Scripture itself, with only enough personal comments to weave the text together.

The first indication that a Savior would be forthcoming was God's comment to the serpent in the Garden when God said, "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he [the forthcoming deliverer] will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." A blow to the foot is not fatal, but one to the head is.

To Jacob, the patriarch, God promised, "The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes, to whom it belongs, and the obedience of the nations is his" (Gen. 49:10).

To Isaiah in the 7th century before Christ, God said, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." It was this very text that Matthew quoted, saying, "All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 'The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will cal him Immanuel'-which means, 'God with us'" (Matt. 1:23).

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