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Luke 2:10 - 12   Thought/Prayer:  Tidings.  Topics:  2 at end.

“And the angel said to them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign to you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”  (AKJV)  (Read these scriptures and more at 

What is a tiding?  Well, it’s some news.  Something to be told.  Perhaps it’s a word not used so much nowadays.  We may more often say “news” or “a word.”  “I’ve got good news about . . . .”, etc. 

Many Bible translations use the word news, but there are many still using “tidings.”  Seems there is something a bit poetic about it, . . . good tidings . . . It seems to fit well with what follows:  “. . . tidings . . . of great joy.”  Or maybe it is just so familiar, down through centuries from King James and the translation he authorized 400 years ago. 

Interestingly, this word is hardly ever used in the singular form.  It’s almost always “tidings,” not a tiding.  Still, a tiding is a piece of news, and the angels had news for a waiting world looking for some good news. 

The announcement the birth of this uniquely created baby was indeed glad tidings.  And not only did the angels speak of the Baby’s birth; the announcement included His birthplace, the City of David, (Bethlehem, as we are told earlier in verse 4).  This must be why there was good news in the plural.  The angels gave not only the announcement of the birth, but the place. 

Announcement of any baby’s coming is supposed to be joyous.  But they often are not, if the child is unexpectedly conceived and not planned for in any way.  And how can anyone really help a family into which this situation has come?  Can we “make” someone be glad about a pregnancy when they really are not glad at all?

No, we can’t.  But through our prayers, God can.  Even in the most strenuous of circumstances, God’s presence and power can bring about peace and joy.  Hard decisions may need to be made; but God guides.  Actions that need to be taken may be emotionally wrenching . . . such as a young scared girl deciding to carry her baby and give the child to someone who wants a baby very much.  Then the pregnancy is a glad tiding!

Lord, thank You for sharing the joy of the announcement of Christ’s birth with us in Your Word.  Because of the great excitement of angels, we humans can also share in the joy.  We can rejoice with those shepherds, considered to be lowly folk, but who were chosen to be the first to know of this special baby’s birth for the joy of all the world. 

Topics:  Pray for those families who have just learned of an unexpected pregnancy, that they may find those who can guide them into the joy of a new life on the way, even when joy seems far out of the question.  May we help them to find God’s plan for all of their lives.
Dr. Peggy Elliott ministries

Posted by Gail Richardson on 12/16 at 10:37 AM
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