On the Second Day of Christmas...2015
On the Second Day of Christmas my true friend gave to me...
A Humbling Christmas Memory...
A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY...
“He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.” –Augustine
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY—“The Other Electric Train”
Though money didn't flow as freely as the rain that winter, my parents worked with joyful anticipation to give my brother and me a Christmas present we would never forget. They scrimped for months and then spent more than they could probably afford for a Marx electric train.
Then the day before Christmas, a cousin stationed at a nearby military base pulled into the driveway. Opening the trunk of his car he lifted out a large heavy box. My brother and I could hardly wait to see what it was. On Christmas morning we opened it first. Eagerly we unwrapped an expensive new electric train set.
Wow! You had to pull us down off the ceiling. A Lionel train, too! Then we opened the presents from our parents--another electric train. Ho hum. And not nearly as extravagant as the one from our cousin. Guess who’s we played with most?
Mom and Dad were hurt. The outlay for an unmarried Air Force lieutenant was nothing compared to the sacrifice my parents had made. But all we saw was the glamour of an expensive train. We counted our parents' gift as merely a nice accessory.
Our heavenly Father spends many a disappointing Christmas. Amidst the glittering ornaments and flashing Christmas lights, the hurry and hustle of shopping and wrapping and family get-togethers, parties and presents, trees and turkeys--who really cares about His gift? What gets more attention from us: our Father's gift of life in Jesus Christ or the quickly-wrapped department store gifts from our cousins?
Thank you, Father, for Jesus. Thank you for the abundant life that we, His disciples, can enjoy now. Thank you for sending us a most expensive gift--your own life. Thank you!
by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
YOUR MIRTHFUL MOMENT OF THE DAY...
"Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'." –Bing Crosby
YOUR YOUTUBE CHRISTMAS MOMENT
Enjoy this inspirational video from the TV show, “What Would You Do?”
Watch what people do to help a single mother who can’t afford to buy a good Christmas tree for her children…. This heartwarming video captures strangers bringing the Christmas Spirit alive for one family in need.
Now, what would you do? Be looking for ways to bring joy to others this Christmas one person at a time!
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....