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Monday, December 25, 2017

For Unto You A Child Is Born -- Merry Christmas Y'all

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth. 
To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph of the house of David and the virgin's name was Mary.
And the angel came in unto her and said hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee; blessed art though among women. 
And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary; for thou has found favour with God.  
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name, Jesus. 
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 

Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man. 
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 
And behold thy cousin Elisabeth she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
For with God nothing shall be impossible. 
And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

And Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, into the city of Judah. 
And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elizabeth. And it came to pass that, when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. 
And she spake out with a loud voice and said blessed art though among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 
And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me.
For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ear, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 
And blessed is she that believed. For there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. 
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord. 
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God, my saviour. 
For he that is might hath done to me great things, and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 
He hath put down the mighty from their seats and exalted them of  low degree. 
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away....

And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 
And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (Because he was of the house and lineage of David.)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she would be delivered. 
And she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. 
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone around about them: and they were sore afraid.    
And the angel said unto them, fear not; for, behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 
For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign upon you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 

And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 
And it came to pass as the angels were gone away from them unto heaven the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which has come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. 
And when they had seen it they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 

                                                                                                                ~ Luke 1:26-53; Luke 2: 1-19 KJV

To all of my friends, fellow travelers and brothers and sisters in Christ, I wish each and every one of y'all a very Merry Christmas this holiday season.  

Friday, December 22, 2017

Lowrys Christmas Parade 2017

Hello Y'all!

Well, it's that time of the year again! The 2017 Christmas Parade in the small town of Lowrys, South Carolina. Once again this blogger was in attendance to photograph all of the highlights of this rural community's amazing parade, particularly the float made by friends of mine from the Brig. Gen. Micah Jenkins Camp #1569 Sons of Confederate Veterans. 

To read more about this parade that takes place annually in my own Chester County, please check out the past blog posts on this parade HERE, HERE, and HERE.  

This year marked the 36th year anniversary of the parade and drew close to a whopping 20,000 people attending -- not counting the parade participants themselves, or the hundreds of animals in the parade.

The following are the photos I took from the event, which took place on Saturday, December 16th.

Members of the Brig. Gen. Micah Jenkins Camp #1569
Sons of Confederate Veterans,
the Ann White Chapter #123
United Daughters of the Confederacy
the 6th Regiment SC Reenactors.

The parade begins a few minutes after 1 PM and lasted just over 90 minutes. Several hundred buggies, tractors, carts, floats, and animals took part in the parade.

My cousin Roger Dickey as Jesus.
These loveable goofballs are my Aunt Betty Roden Dickey,
Uncle Jerry Dickey, and cousin, Shannon.
Camp Commander Bucky Sutton passing out some of the 1200
small Confederate stick flags the camp brought.
I am happy to report that every one of them was taken before
the end of the parade.

Well folks, once again I hope that y'all enjoyed taking this journey with me. The annual Town of Lowrys Christmas Parade is always a joy to attend each December. Already looking forward to the next one!

Until then, y'all have a wonderful day and a very Merry Christmas 2017!