1. see or observe (a thing or person, especially a remarkable or impressive one).
"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."
This is the verse we've heard repeatedly over our lifetimes on Christmas Eve. I can hear my pastor reading it with great excitement and I can also see Linus reciting it every year as I would watch A Charlie Brown Christmas; always a favorite night of my childhood. The word that stands out to me is Behold. Ironically that word is not even used in most modern translations of the Bible. In the King James' version Behold is used 1,298 times, the New Revised Standard version Behold is used 27 times and in the paraphrase the Message Behold is not used at all. I realize that it is rare that this word comes into our everyday language. Have you uttered lately, "Behold, here is your Christmas present."?
So here is your December challenge. Take time to look around at all of the impressive things and people in your life. Stand outside the front door and see the addition which will be our new Welcome Center. Stand in the Sanctuary and gaze at the beautiful decorations and the installation of the chancel stained glass window. Find a child and behold their joy and anticipation of Christmas. The list could go on ... I think you get the idea. There is much for which we should be impressed!
I hope you will also prayerfully consider contributing a year end gift to Westminster. There are many requests at this time of year so please know how much your extra gift to Westminster is appreciated. We've had an abundant year thus far and this most beautiful month of December is a gift to behold!