………in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in the same region, there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an Angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the Angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!”………….
We have so much to be thankful for this last year. Darke County is making great strides in making things better for all of our citizens. As long as we all continue to pull together, help and encourage each other, and try and make our little corner of the world better, we will continue with all that is positive here. We are fortunate to have good people in the right places working for the county who make things happen for the good here. We work with some very special people who actually put the welfare of the county and its citizens first. It does not happen everywhere.
Please join all of us in remembering the real reason for the Christmas season, and to remember to help our fellow man whenever we can.
God bless each and every one of you, and MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The Darke County Commissioners:
Mike Rhoades, Chairman
Mike Stegall, Vice Chairman
Diane Delaplane, Member