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The year was 1809.

The world was in an upheaval.

Napoleon was sweeping through Austria and young soldiers from many countries lay dying on the battlefield. The fate of entire kingdoms and nations hung in the balance, and the world seemed on the very edge of collapse.

It was 1809… and in that same year several significant babies were born.


In England:

  • There was William Gladstone – destined to become one of England’s finest statesmen. 
  • And Alfred Lord Tennyson, one of the great authors of his day, was born to an unknown preacher and wife.

In the US:

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes (US physician, poet, and essayist, and father of US Supreme Court justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Not too far away in Boston, Edgar Allen Poe began his eventful, and tragic, life.
  • It was also in that same year the wife of a physician named Darwin gave birth to their child and named him Charles Robert.

And in that same year, the cries of a newborn infant rang out from a rugged cabin in the hills of Kentucky. The baby’s name? Abraham Lincoln.

If there had been a news broadcast of that back in 1809 these words would have been heard: “The destiny of the world is being shaped on an Austrian battlefield today.”

But history was actually being shaped in the cradles of England and America.

If you take a look at any one of those babies, you can see a legacy – whether good, or bad – that was left by who they became, respectively.

What a difference a life can make!

On that first Christmas, a Child was born who would not only change all of time, but also all of eternity. The Child was born in a Bethlehem stable, and His life would change everything!

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas with our family and friends, may our hearts be touched and our minds remember that Jesus was born to die for our sins.

The angel told Joseph to “call His name Jesus… for He shall save His people from their sins.”

Corrie ten Boom once said, “If Jesus were born a thousand times in Bethlehem, and not in me, I would still be lost.”

This Christmas, it is my prayer that Jesus would be born in you!

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