The 12 Days of Christmas from Dr. Terry Paulson
On the Eleventh Day of Christmas...2014
On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
The Gift of Giving…


What is Christmas?
It is tenderness for the past,
courage for the present,
hope for the future.
It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow
with blessings rich and eternal,
and that every path may lead to peace.”
--Agnes M. Pharo
Contributed by Peter Legge

I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY… "The Toothless Grin”

I was doing some last-minute Christmas shopping in a toy store and decided to look at Barbie dolls for my nieces. A nicely dressed little girl was excitedly looking through the Barbie dolls as well, with a roll of money clamped tightly in her little hand. When she came upon a Barbie she liked, she would turn and ask her father if she had enough money to buy it. He usually said "yes," but she would keep looking and keep going through their ritual of "do I have enough?"

As she was looking, a little boy wandered in across the aisle and started sorting through Pokemon toys. He was dressed neatly, but his clothes were obviously rather worn. He too had money in his hand, but it looked to be no more than five dollars at the most. Each time he picked up a Pokemon video toy and looked at his father, his father shook his head, "No."

The little girl had apparently chosen her Barbie, but she had stopped and was watching the interchange between the little boy and his father. Rather dejectedly, the boy had given up on the video games and had chosen a book of stickers instead.

The little girl put her Barbie back on the shelf, and ran over to the Pokemon games. She excitedly picked up one that was lying on top of the other toys, and after speaking to her father, raced toward the check-out. After the toy was paid for and bagged, the little girl handed it back to the cashier and whispered something in her ear. The cashier smiled and put the package under the counter.

When the little boy came up to the cashier. The cashier rang up his purchases and said, "Congratulations, you are my hundredth customer today, and you win a prize!" With that, she handed the little boy the Pokemon game, and he could only stare in disbelief. It was, he said, exactly what he had wanted!

The little girl and her father had been standing at the doorway during all of this, and I saw the biggest, prettiest, toothless grin on that little girl that I’ve ever seen. I heard the father ask his daughter why she had done that. I'll never forget what she said to him.

"Daddy, didn't Nana and PawPaw want me to buy something that would make me happy?"

He said, "Of course they did, honey."

To which the little girl replied, "Well, I just did!"

With that, she giggled. Her toothless grin said it all. Apparently, she had decided on the answer to her own question of, "Do I have enough?"

–Written by Sharon Palmer, Received from Thomas Ellsworth via Lynn Durham


“Let’s approach Christmas with an expectant hush, rather than a last-minute rush.”


Before we end the 12 Days of Christmas for 2015, it is important to be reminded of the great gift of faith that tops anything else we could receive at Christmas. Watch as Wynonna Judd becomes emotional and shares her testimony in front of a secular audience before singing I Can Only Imagine.

You can find the archived messages from this year’s series on my website at Our final message is we prepare for His coming!

Your Host for this Year's Journey....

Terry Paulson


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