Three days before Christmas Day, the Verse of the Day for December 22, 2016 is the familiar passage describing the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, as recorded in Luke 2:8-11 where we add verses 12-14 in the Amplified Bible which gives a fuller account of what occurred:
8And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flock by night.
9And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened.
10But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.
11For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!
12And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find [after searching] a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
13Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying,
14Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased, men of goodwill, of His favor].
Verse 10 indicates that the angel brought “good news” to the shepherds and ultimately to the entire world. That day was “A Good News Day,” poetically expressed in this way:
Good News Day
This is the day the LORD has made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
It’s a good new day
no blues day
no way to lose
What a good new day
It’s a great day
I can’t wait day
lift your voice
Good God, a good news day
It’s a payday
goin my way day
no nay–all yea
what you say
Such a good news day
It’s a live it up day
overflowin cup day
It’s a bright and bubbly
Show-nuff good news day
This celebrated passage from Luke 2 has served as backdrop for countless nativity scenes that have been on display for decades across the country. Within the past few years, some citizens and advocacy groups demanding separation of church and state have objected to public displays depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. Despite the resistance, many communities continue to display nativity scenes on public property: from historic Belen, New Mexico, whose name means Bethlehem in Spanish to the Pennsylvania city with that same name and numerous places in between. All across the nation Christians continue to proclaim the “good news of the birth of Christ (the Messiah) the Lord.”
Contemporary Christian vocal group Avalon share some “Good News”:
As this year concludes and as 2017 unfolds, may every day be a “Good News Day” for all who read these words.