On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my God gave to me...
His most precious gift, His Son!
As we celebrate our Lord's birth, we think of loved ones present and far away. We think of loved ones too who are absent from us but present now with the Lord.
A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY…"Christmas Every Day…"
"'When Christmas is over,' said the merchant to the minister, 'it's over, and it's our job to rid the store of Christmas in a day.' 'Well,' the minister replied, 'I've got a bigger job - to keep Christmas in the hearts of my people for all year.'" Log of the Good Ship Grace
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY—"Gifts that Truly Matter"
"What if you could give a gift that mattered; one that literally kept on giving and improved the life of another person? Would you buy that gift?
Two years ago I bought two gifts for people I have never met. The gifts were purchased through the humanitarian organization World Vision. The gift of goats helped a Ugandan girl orphaned by AIDS.
Teopista doesn't remember her parents. Her father died of AIDS and within a year her mother died of the same disease. The goats will not only provide milk but fertilizer for the family garden. The goats are already reproducing and when there are enough, some can be sold to provide income.
In El Salvador, Anastasia Mercedes Rivera says the money she makes from breeding chickens she received from the gift catalogue provides enough to pay school fees for five of her 10 children. The chickens sell for $1.15 per pound, which produces more money than she has been making at odd jobs. Before she received the chickens, Anastasia's children walked long distances on unpaved roads in worn-out shoes -- or barefoot -- to school. Now she can buy shoes for school.
Sewing lessons provided Mariana Prendi, a single mother in Albania, with job skills and a steady income since her husband died in an accident 11 years ago. She says she feels "confident and safe" for her family's future. "Now, I'm learning a vocation that fulfills me and gives me joy."
These stories are typical of what small and inexpensive gifts can do for people in great need. They are not welfare. Call them "help-fare," because they help people to become self-sustaining."
By Cal Thomas, December 25, 2012
YOUR MIRTHFUL MOMENT OF THE DAY...
"Nothing's as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas." ~Kin Hubbard (Compliments of Al Walker)
YOUR YOUTUBE CHRISTMAS MOMENT
I can think of no better video to end our twelve days than this performance of “Mary, Did You Know?” by Peter Hollens, or shall I say, a number of Peter Hollens!
THIS YEAR’S FINAL THOUGHT—“It’s Christmas!”
It's Christmas every time you let
God love others through you...
every time you smile at your brother
and offer him your hand.
SORRY--IT'S TOO LATE TO TAKE YOUR NAME OFF THE LIST---SO JUST HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
We no longer prepare for his coming...for He has come! Try sharing the Christmas story today with those you love from the source that matters, the Word of God. Read out loud Luke 2: 1-20 as part of your Christmas celebration.
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Signing off for 2015.... Let us close with the words written by Christian author Charles Dickens in 1843, and spoken by Tiny Tim in The Christmas Carol, “May God bless us, every one!”
Your Host for the Journey,