The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.
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.”
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
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.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.
Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
I will extol the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done.
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.
The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.