On the Fifth Day of Christmas my true friend gave to me...
A Reminder to Live Out God's Love!
A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY…...
"You're here to bring light, bringing out all the God colors in the world.... If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a basket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you on a hilltop, on a light stand. SHINE!"
Matthew 5:14-16, The Message
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY…
Away off in Edinburgh, many years ago, a gentleman was standing at the door of a hotel one very cold day, when a little boy, with a poor thin blue face, his feet bare and red with the cold, and with nothing to cover him but a bundle of rags, came and said,
"Please, sir, buy some matches." "No, I don't want any," said the gentleman. "But they're only a penny a box," the little fellow pleaded. "Yes, but you see I don't want a box." "Then I'll give you two boxes for a penny," the boy said at last. And so, to get rid of him, the gentleman, who tells the story in an English paper, says, "I bought a box, but then I found I had no change," so I said, "I'll buy a box tomorrow."
"Oh, do buy them tonight," the boy pleaded again. "I'll run and get you the change; for I'm very hungry." So I gave him the shilling and he started away. I waited for him, but no boy came. Then I thought I had lost my shilling, but still there was that something in the boy's face I trusted and I did not like to think badly of him.
Well, late in the evening a servant came and said a little boy wanted to see me. When he was brought in, I found it was a smaller brother of the boy who got my shilling, but, if possible, still more ragged and poor and thin. He stood a moment diving into his rags as if he were seeking something and then said,
"Are you the gentleman that bought the matches from Sandie?" "Yes!" "Well, then, here's fourpence out of your shilling. Sandie cannot come. He's not well. A cart ran over him and knocked him down and he lost his bonnet and his matches and your eleven pence, and both his legs are broken and the doctor says he'll die and that he can't give you the money," putting fourpence down on the table; and then the poor child broke down into great sobs. "So I fed the little man," the gentleman goes on to say and then I went with him to see Sandie.
I found that the two little things lived with a wretched drunken stepmother, their own father and mother were both dead. I found poor Sandie lying on a bundle of shavings, he knew me as soon as I came in, and said,
"I got the change, sir, and was coming back and then the horse knocked me down and both my legs are broken. And Reuby, little Reuby! I am sure I am dying and who will take care of Reuby when I am gone? What will you do, Reuby?" Then I took the poor little sufferer's hand and told him I would always take care of Reuby.
He understood me and had just enough strength to look at me as if he would thank me, then the light went out of his blue eyes and in a moment, he lay within the light of God, like a babe upon the breast, where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest.
Compliments of Peter Legge, December 17, 2012
YOUR MIRTHFUL MOMENT OF THE DAY...
Late for a seminar and unable to find parking, an attendee pulled into a spot behind a church. It was only after I’d gotten out of the car that he spotted this sign: "No parking. Forgiveness is our business, but don’t make it harder than it already is."
YOUR YOUTUBE CHRISTMAS MOMENT
Enjoy Jordan Smith, the season nine winner of “The Voice,” as he returned to the stage for an incredible Christmas performance singing his rendition of "O Holy Night." What a way to take a stand for one’s faith on a secular show.
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....