December 24, 2017
Today Phyllis Schlafly Eagles sent out an email that contains an archived radio broadcast of Phyllis Schlafly. The recording of “A Christmas to Remember” is below, followed by the contents of the email that has the transcript of the recording.
Luke 2:1-20 (referenced in the recording) can be found near the end of this blog piece.
Link to recording:
From: Phyllis Schlafly Eagles [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
Sent: Sunday, December 24, 2017 3:06 PM
Subject: A Christmas To Remember
On this Christmas Eve, let’s take a moment to hear about an important Christmas to remember. This story from Phyllis Schlafly will remind us how precious our lives in this nation are and how much we owe to those who have defended it.
Take a listen to this wonderful piece from the Phyllis Schlafly Archives.
A Christmas To Remember
I have a good friend who has enjoyed a tremendously successful career in television and radio. You may think that TV is a very secular, even anti-religious, environment but, indeed, there are many good Christians in the media. I want to tell you a story about one of these media personalities, a true story that he personally told to me recently. Let’s call him Peter.
Peter’s father was a minister, and Peter grew up in a home where his father led the family in lengthy prayers and Bible study every evening. On Saturday evenings, his father had to spend all his time preparing for his Sunday sermon. So he assigned his children the task of memorizing long passages from the Scriptures. Peter said he hated those Saturday nights; they were tedious and difficult for a small boy who surely would have preferred some fun and diversion on Saturday nights.
Well, Peter grew up and joined the Army to fight in World War II. He was in the Battle of the Bulge, by far the bloodiest battle of World War II. The Americans had more soldiers on that European battlefield in the Ardennes Forest than were at Gettysburg. The Battle of the Bulge went on from December 16, 1944 all through the Christmas season to January 15. It was the coldest, snowiest winter in anybody’s memory. 19,000 American soldiers were killed during the Battle of the Bulge, and we had 81,000 casualties in this one battle. Maybe you can imagine what it was like for Peter and a half dozen other GIs, huddled together for warmth in a bitter cold, dark foxhole on the German front that Christmas Eve.
One of the soldiers asked if anybody could say a prayer. Peter then recited from memory the entire beautiful, inspiring story of the Birth of Christ from the Gospel of St. Luke, giving hope and solace to those lonely, scared but brave American soldiers. Peter thanked his father many times over for preparing him for the most critical day of his life. It was really a Christmas night to remember.
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Following is text from Luke 2:1-20 in the Bible:
Luke 2 — King James Version (KJV)
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.