Today is December 24th. It is the eve of the day when the world is turned upside down. It is a day when schedules and routines are discarded. Troubles and worries are put aside. Tomorrow will dawn Christmas Day, and all must be made ready.
Tonight, children around the world will have dreams filled with wonder and excitement. Children in Japan, Germany, China, Egypt, Norway, Uruguay, Belize, and everywhere. This is the night when children will go to bed, eager for the morning to come.
Christmas Eve is a time when adults, like us, pause and recall the precious memories of our childhood. We remember Christmas from days gone by, and we feel an indescribable peace that gives us joy for the present and hope for the future.
It is Christmas Eve and the whole world will stop what it is doing, because a baby was born in Bethlehem 2014 years ago. That birth was the most profound event in the history of mankind.
From Rome, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. Augustus was the adopted son of Julius Caesar, and it was he who brought Rome into its Golden Age. But few remember him now.
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.
Bethlehem was then a village six miles south of Jerusalem, a small town of ordinary people. In some ways, probably a little like Waynesboro.
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. To be born in a stable can be thought of as a harsh beginning. And yet, if you have ever slept in a barn, there is strange warmth to be found there. Comfort is often discovered in the most unlikely places.
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.
There are times when we are all afraid. Times when it seems that there is no way past a fearful crisis. I know, because I have been there. But for the shepherds, and for us, the angel of the Lord had a wonderful message.
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 Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
It was that message, on that day, that changed the world.
Tomorrow, Christmas Day, will be celebrated by over two billion people around the world, nearly half of the population of the planet. And it all began in a stable in Bethlehem.
How amazing. How very wonderful.
So my message to you on this Christmas Eve is the same one the angel of the Lord gave to the shepherds, For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
Ken Adams is the Chairman of the Waynesboro Virginia Republican Committee.