The Twelve Days of Christmas
Day One...December 14, 2016
Terry Paulson, PhD, CSP, CPAE
On the First Day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
A Heavenly Perspective!
Once again we look to the coming of the Christ child; we are drawn to a need for traditions, family, friends and faith. Traditions and holidays are the stuff that binds people together. I trust that the stories, thoughtful quotations and YouTube links supplied in my twenty first annual "12 Days of Christmas" E-mail messages will help you and yours keep this Christmas focused on Christ’s coming. I thank in advance all those who sent in stories and humorous moments of mirth for all of us to enjoy.
As in past years, each message will be archived on my website at http://terrypaulson.com/christmas.shtml
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, December 26, 2013
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY... "Ordinary Matters"
In the weeks before Christmas 1933, a curious offer appeared in the daily newspaper of Canton, OH. "Man Who Felt Depression’s Sting to Help 75 Unfortunate Families." A Mr. B Virdot promised to send a check to the neediest in the community. All they had to do was describe their plight in a letter and mail it to General Delivery. The plunging economy had left fathers with no jobs, houses with no heat, children with patched clothing, and an entire nation, it seemed, without hope. The appeals poured in.
“I hate to write this letter … it seems too much like begging … my husband doesn’t know that I am writing … He is working but not making enough to hardly feed his family.” “Mr. Virdot, we are desperate circumstances … No one knows, only those who go through it.”
All of Canton knew of Mr. Virdot’s offer. Oddly, no one knew Mr. Virdot. The city registry of 105,000 citizens contained no such name. People wondered if he really existed. Yet within a week checks begin to arrive at homes all over the area. Most were modest, about five dollars. All were signed “B. Virdot.”
Through the years, the story was told, but the identity of the man was never discovered. In 2008, long after his death, a grandson opened a tattered black suitcase that had collected dust in his parents’ attic. That’s where he found the letters, all dated in December 1933, as well as 150 canceled checks. Mr. B. Virdot was Samuel J. Stone. His pseudonym was a hybrid of Barbara, Virginia and Dorothy, the names of his three daughters.
There was nothing privileged about Sam Stone. He wasn’t affluent, or impoverished, but he was willing to help. Ordinary man. Ordinary place. But a conduit of extraordinary grace. And in God’s story, ordinary matters.”
--Max Lucado, More to Your Story, Thomas Nelson, 2011
AND NOW YOUR CHRISTMAS MIRTHFUL MOMENT... "When God Sends You Help, Don't Ask Questions”
She hurried to the pharmacy on Christmas Eve to get medication, got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys inside. The woman found an old rusty coat hanger left on the ground. She looked at it and said "I don't know how to use this."
She bowed her head and asked God to send her some HELP. Within 5 minutes a beat-up old motorcycle pulled up, driven by a bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag He got off of his cycle and asked if he could help.
She said: "Yes, my daughter is sick and it is Christmas time. I've locked my keys in my car. I must get home. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?"
He said "Sure." He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute the car was open. She hugged the man and through tears said "Thank You SO Much! You are a very nice man."
The man replied "Lady, I am NOT a nice man. I just got out of PRISON yesterday; I was in prison for car theft."
The woman hugged the man again sobbing, "Oh, thank you, God! You even sent me a Professional!"
Compliments of Dr. Ann Kleine-Kracht, Weeks of Fun, December 22, 2013
AND NOW YOUR YouTube CHRISTMAS MOMENT...
Home Free and Chris Rupp provide an awe-inspiring rendition of What Child Is This. This Christmas classic always gets me in the holiday spirit and this performance is no exception. Start your first of the 12 Days of Christmas experience by listening to those beautiful harmonies and powerful lyrics about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
You can find the archived messages from this year’s series on my website at http://www.terrypaulson.com/christmas.shtml/. For now, keep your sense of humor and your sense of thanksgiving and anticipation! More tomorrow...as we prepare for His coming!
Your Host for our 12 Day Journey to Christmas.
Terry Paulson, PhD http://www.terrypaulson.com