On the Second Day of Christmas my true friend gave to me...
The Gift of a Loving Mother...
A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY...“The Gift of Love through Mothers”
God, You chose a lowly handmaiden to be the Mother of Jesus. How confused she must have felt, wondering what others might think, and wondering what kind of special Child was growing in her womb. What were her thoughts as she rode on the donkey toward Bethlehem? What anxieties did she endure when she learned there was no room in the inn? What was in her heart as she wrapped her newborn Babe in swaddling clothes? God, thank you for the blessings of motherhood . . . for mothers who go through so much physical trauma to give birth . . . for mothers who lovingly feed and clothe and raise their children . . . for mothers who show love, and teach their children to love You. Thank You for giving the gift of life and love through mothers. And thank You especially for Mary, who loved and trusted You, and who bore our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
–Meditation on Luke 1:29-33, PRAYERS AT WORK, December 23, 2013
“We are all called to be mothers of God, for God is always waiting to be born.” –Meister Eckhart, medieval German mystic
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY—"The Christmas Sweater”
A few years ago, I wrote the book The Christmas Sweater. It’s the story of my childhood. In the book, all Eddie wanted for Christmas was a bike. But his family couldn’t afford one. So his mom made him a sweater – made it by hand. It was a gift that he didn’t appreciate until after she was gone... long after she was gone.
Unfortunately, I didn’t figure out until I was 35-years-old what the real meaning of that sweater was; what the real meaning of Christmas is. It’s not only the birth of the baby Jesus. It’s about the death of the man and what He willingly did for you and for me.
Don’t lose sight of what’s real and what really matters this Christmas. Don’t waste another second being miserable, angry, bitter, or ashamed. You no longer have to carry that burden because Jesus carried it for you. You have been washed clean and given the opportunity to start fresh. All you have to do is accept it.
Glenn Beck, Merry Christmas from the Blaze, 12-24-13
YOUR MIRTHFUL MOMENT OF THE DAY...WARNING: ADVENT VIRUS
Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world. Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:
• A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
• An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
• A loss of interest in judging other people.
• A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
• A loss of interest in conflict.
• A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)
• Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
• Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
• Frequent attacks of smiling.
• An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
YOUR YOUTUBE CHRISTMAS MOMENT
Enjoy Carrie Underwood and Michael W. Smith join together to sing “All Is Well” to help you sustain your Christmas joy!
You can find the archived messages from this year’s series on my website at http://terrypaulson.com/christmas.shtml/. More tomorrow...as we prepare for His coming!
Your Host for this Year's Journey....