On the Seventh Day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
A Refuge from Chaos
A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY… "Meanings of Christmas"
"It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the enfleshing of God—the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus do not run from the secular; rather we try to transform it. It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians baptized the Christmas tree. And we do this by being holy people—kind, patient, generous, loving, laughing people—no matter how maddening is the Christmas rush…"
Fr. Andrew Greeley, Woman’s Day, 12-22-81
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY…"An Awesome Christmas Eve”
““All who are oppressed may come to Him. He is a refuge for them in their times of trouble.” –Psalm 9:9
My father was born in the Ukraine and spent his first fifteen years there. One Christmas his two older brothers bought a German-made Christmas musical wind-up tree stand for their parents. It was mechanical and played Silent Night. Their gift brought great delight to this family of ten.
Not long after, the region experienced the horrors of World War I, followed by the Russian Revolution. Many people endured tremendous persecution — women were raped, and fathers were kidnapped and murdered. Thieves would barge into homes, demand food, and steal what they could, including the horses.
It was during one of those raids that God used the Christmas tree stand to perform a miracle and save the lives of my father’s family. It was Christmas Eve and the tree was in the stand and playing Silent Night. The door burst open and a gang of ruffians stormed in, all brandishing guns. Terror gripped each member of the family as they feared what would happen next.
However, their fear turned to astonishment as they watched these uninvited guests stop and become still. Then without saying a word, the bandits backed out of the house and closed the door. God had used the tree and Silent Night to save the lives of my father and his family. A miracle on Christmas Eve!
by Katherine Kehler
YOUR MIRTHFUL MOMENT OF THE DAY...>
“Dear Lord, I've been asked, nay commanded, to thank Thee for the Christmas turkey before us... a turkey which was no doubt a lively, intelligent bird... a social being... capable of actual affection... nuzzling its young with almost human- like compassion. Anyway, it's dead and we're gonna eat it. Please give our respects to its family...” --Berke Breathed
YOUR YOUTUBE CHRISTMAS MOMENT
Enjoy An Unexpected Christmas, the story of Christmas told by the kids of St Paul's Church, Auckland, New Zealand.
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....