On the Sixth Day of Christmas my true friend gave to me...
A new start to my life…
A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY… “Ride Your Advent Bike”
"Why is Advent like learning to ride a bike? Because we have a very hard time learning to ride a bike if we focus on not falling down. The more we pay attention to the negative -- don’t fall down, don’t fall down, don’t fall down -- the more we are magically pulled to the ground. But, when we begin to focus on the positive, looking forward, moving ahead, keeping vertical, then learning to ride a bike is easy.
Similarly, if, when it comes to Christmas, we focus on the negative -– less secular, less consumerist, less rushed, less superficial -- chances are we’ll have a hard time achieving the goal of a deeper, truer, and more authentic Christmas.
Advent allows us to focus on the positive, on our need for God, on our hope for a better world, on the first and second “advents” of our Savior. In my experience, the more we focus on the positive -- Advent -- the more we will be able to redeem Christmas and make it a time of drawing near to God and celebrating his coming among us. Miraculously, we’ll find it easier to let go of the consumerism and secularism that threatens to strangle the true spirit of Christmas.
–Mark D. Roberts
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY…"Dat Baby Jesus - He Makes me Laugh"
“I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.” Psalm 16:8 and 9
Brennan Manning, in his book, The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus, tells of an experience he had at an airport. It was just before Christmas and he was in the Chicago airport waiting to get a flight to Texas for a week-end retreat. But because of a severe storm, he and thousands of others were not going anywhere. The flights were all delayed. Public address systems were blaring, people were at the ticket counter demanding a projected departure time, children were crying, some people were just sitting and staring.
Then he noticed a middle-aged black woman cradling a child in her arms and laughing. Manning asked her, “Would you mind telling me why you’re so happy?”
“Sho,” she said. “Christmas is coming and dat baby Jesus---He make me laugh.”
According to the Psalm 15, verses 8 and 9, focusing on Jesus at all times is the key to a happy and joyful heart. How about you? During the Christmas season, our already busy life become more busy. Are you ‘setting the Lord before you’ today? Do you want to have a merry Christmas?
Bring Jesus into all your activities. Talk to Him all day long. He will make you laugh!
Father, you fill us with joy in your presence. Give us the grace to remember to enjoy your presence. We want to laugh, Lord. Amen
YOUR MIRTHFUL MOMENT OF THE DAY...
Q. If athletes get athlete's foot, what do astronauts get?
Q. Where do polar bears vote?
A. The North Poll.
Q. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Q. What do you call a bunch of grandmasters of chess bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?
A. Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!
Q. What do you call a cat on the beach at Christmas time?
A. Sandy Claus!
Q. What nationality is Santa Claus?
A. North Polish.
Q. What did Santa shout to his toys on Christmas Eve?
A. Okay everyone, sack time!
Q. How come you never hear anything about the 10th reindeer, "Olive"?
A. Yeah, you know, "Olive the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names..."
Q. What was so good about the neurotic doll the girl was given for Christmas?
A. It was wound up already.
–Compliments of Christmas Riddles www.gcfl.net via Lynn Durham
YOUR YOUTUBE CHRISTMAS MOMENT
Enjoy CeelLo Green singing one of my favorite Christmas Hymns, Mary Did You Know while you watch footage from the epic miniseries The Bible.
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....