Humble Beginnings

He was born in a simple 2-bedroom house in Tupelo, Mississippi on 8 January 1935. His twin brother, Jesse Garon, was stillborn, leaving him to grow up as an only child. His early years were spent in poverty, with his mum , Glady's, working as a cotton picker and his dad , Vernon , drifting from one Job to another.

When he was eleven , his parents couldn't afford the bicycle he really wanted, so his mum persuaded him to have a guitar instead. After he left school, he did a variety of jobs. He also went to high school and studied to be an electrician.

Doesn't sound like a life that would make many people stop and take notice -just a normal , average guy -a nobody. Who would have thought that he would achieve anything special , that he coups become so famous that people would recognise him from just his first name?

His name was Elvis Presley. Adored by millions, he went on to star in 33 successful films and sold over billion records across the world -more than any other artist. He is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth-century popular culture. That's quite somebody!

Luke 2:8-21 tells of Jesus birth in a very humble setting -when he was born he was born he was put in an animal's feeding trough. And yet, some Shepherds were being told about the very special man Jesus was going to grow to be.
Luke 2:8-21
8AMP:And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flock by night.
9AMP:And 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.
10AMP:But 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.
11AMP:For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!
12AMP:And 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.
13AMP:Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying,
14AMP:Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [men of goodwill, of His favor].
15AMP:When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing (saying) that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.
16AMP:So they went with haste and [by searching] found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger.
17AMP:And when they saw it, they made known what had been told them concerning this Child,
18AMP:And all who heard it were astounded and marveled at what the shepherds told them.
19AMP:But Mary was keeping within herself all these things (sayings), weighing and pondering them in her heart.
20AMP:And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.
21AMP:And at the end of eight days, when [the Baby] was to be circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Questions to Consider
  • Imagine you were one of the shepherds. How amazing must the experience have been for them to believe that this boy, born in such poverty would become the man they had been told about?
  • Why was the news of Jesus -the Saviour- something to get excited?

Motion Points
  • Expressing your worship to God for who Jesus in whatever way you want -singing, dancing, doing some arts, etc.
  • What God might do in your life! Pray about what you would like to do, write your thoughts down, keep them in a safe place and read them again in few years’ time. See what God has done during that time.

Further reading
  • Psalm 98
  • Isaiah 9:6-7
  • Philippians 2:5-11

Hymn for Today -Count Your Blessings [Johnson Oatman]
When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discourage, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings-name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

When you look at others with their lands of gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings' money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven nor your home on high.

So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged; God is over all.
Count your many blessings; angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey's end.

Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

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