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The Walker's Diary for: Saturday Mar 23, 2019

Luke 1:78-2:26
Malachi 4:2,3
Psalm 35:7-12
Luke 1:78-2:26
    because of the tender mercy of our God,
        by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
    [79] to shine on those living in darkness
        and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the path of peace."
    [80] And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.
    [2:1] In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. [2] (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) [3] And everyone went to his own town to register.
    [4] 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. [5] He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. [6] While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, [7] 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.
    [8] And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. [9] An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. [10] 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. [11] Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. [12] This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
    [13] Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
    [14] "Glory to God in the highest,
        and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
    [15] 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."
    [16] So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. [17] When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, [18] and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. [19] But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. [20] The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
    [21] On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.
    [22] When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord [23] (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"), [24] and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."
    [25] Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. [26] It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Malachi 4:2
    But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.

Malachi 4:3
    Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things," says the Lord Almighty.

Psalm 35:7-12
    Since they hid their net for me without cause
        and without cause dug a pit for me,
    [8] may ruin overtake them by surprise--
        may the net they hid entangle them,
        may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.
    [9] Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord
        and delight in his salvation.
    [10] My whole being will exclaim,
        "Who is like you, O Lord?
    You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,
        the poor and needy from those who rob them."
    [11] Ruthless witnesses come forward;
        they question me on things I know nothing about.
    [12] They repay me evil for good
        and leave my soul forlorn.