On the Eighth Day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
An Invitation to Humble Service…
A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY….
If you look for me at Christmas
you won't need a special star
I'm no longer in Bethlehem
I'm right there where you are,
You may not be aware of Me
amid the celebrations--
You'll have to look beyond the stores
and all the decorations.
But if you take a moment
from your list of things to do
And listen to your heart, you'll find
I'm waiting there for you.
You're the one I want to be with,
you're the reason that I came,
And you'll find Me in the stillness
as I'm whispering your name.
–Contributed by Kate Larsen, Used by Permission
“How can God stoop lower than to come and dwell with a poor humble soul? Which is more than if he had said, such a one should dwell with him; for a beggar to live at court is not so much as the king to dwell with him in his cottage.”
LOVE TO TELL THE STORY…"Just a Handful of Shepherds!”
Al Walker, a fellow speaker and brother in Christ, shared an experience that helps keep our Christmas service traditions in perspective. He writes:
My wife Margaret and I had been members of the St. Andrews Baptist choir for years. Our Christmas Cantata event had always had a strong attendance. A couple of years ago, during our Wednesday night sanctuary choir rehearsal, I made a comment about the less than anticipated attendance at our Christmas Cantata the previous Sunday evening. A few others chimed in and after some discussion, Fred DeFoor, our long time (28 years) Minister of Music, shared a perspective that I now treasure:
“In light of that smaller attendance, here is a thought to consider. Remember when an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds? That angel was joined by a multitude of the heavenly host who said those beautiful words, ‘Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and goodwill to all men.’
I can’t imagine that throng not sounding like music to those shepherds. As the angels made their way back to heaven, I wonder if one of them said, ‘Thousands of us left heaven for this?! What a bummer! We came all the way from heaven only to sing to a handful of shepherds in a field at night? Are you kidding me? I thought we were only called on to show up when something was a big deal.’
I don’t believe God cares about the size of the crowd. What he does care about is that the people He wants to be there to hear the good news through music are there, and that we present that message as closely as we can to the grandeur of the heavenly host as it was in the field on that star filled night near Bethlehem.”
Fred had put it all in perspective and me in my place. It’s always a big deal to give glory to God, maybe even more so, when the numbers are few.
–Contributed by Al Walker, Used by Permission
YOUR MIRTHFUL MOMENT OF THE DAY...
"Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused."
–Nan Whitman Slonaker
YOUR YOUTUBE CHRISTMAS MOMENT
Enjoy Darius Rucker as he sings a new but emotionally satisfying and inspiring Christmas song, What God Wants For Christmas. Now, what do you think God wants from YOU this Christmas?
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....