... everyone who heard it was astonished

Luke 2:18
Luke 2:16-21

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Octave of Christmas, B

A famous obstetrician is remembered not only for delivering babies with great professional skill but also for delivering them with a beautiful flourish all his own. This doctor talked to the newborn babies. From the moment he first touched them he would smile at them and soothe them with soft words of welcome.

“Hello little one, now don’t be frightened. This is a wonderful world, and you’re so wanted. The loveliest things are prepared for you. Your folks love you already and have made great plans for you. So don’t be afraid, child. We’re all tremendously glad you’re here …”

Soft words of welcome. Surely that’s the way to greet all new things — a baby, a stranger, even a brand New Year!

Each New Year’s Day, it is the custom at an east coast University to hang the official senior class picture in the student union building. Underneath the photograph there is placed a verse from Scripture which best identifies with that particular class.…

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