On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
An Appreciation of Simple Things
A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY… “The Gift of Family”
“God, on this Christmas Eve, we praise You for the announcement of the angel that appeared to startled shepherds, ‘Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ God, may we, too, feel that same wonder today, and always.
Compliments of Prayers At Work, December 23, 2013
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY… A Letter to Santa from 1915
Gone are the days when a simple box of paints or school book was all you wished for on Christmas, but for 7-year-old Homer Mellen in 1915, those very basic items, along with a handful of other equally unassuming gifts, were all the boy from London, Ontario, had hoped to receive from Santa.
"It says so much about the lack of appreciation for those things that truly are a special gift," Homer's son, Larry Mellen, 79, told Good Morning America of his father's modest Christmas wish list compared to those of children today. "We just take it for granted that you're going to have that stuff at Christmas time, or any other time for that matter."
Homer's perfectly penned, remarkably polite, nearly 100-year-old note to Santa Claus will stop you in your tracks before adding another bullet point to your wish list this holiday season.
"Dear Santa Claus," the boy begins in cursive handwriting. "Will you please send me a box of paints, also a nine cent reader, and a school bag to put them in."
He modestly continues, "And if you have any nuts, or candy, or toys to spare, would you kindly send me some." If so, Homer concludes, "You will please a seven year old boy."
The Mellen family kept and cherished this note for 98 years in a little box containing "private little things like locks of hair, or the first picture that was taken," Mellen explained, in order to "put away for memories for grandchildren."
"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." Robert Brault
YOUR MIRTHFUL MOMENT OF THE DAY...
Just as the pastor began his Christmas Eve service, the electricity in the church failed. The ushers found some candles and placed them around the sanctuary. When the pastor reentered the pulpit, he shuffled his notes and muttered, "Now, where was I?"
A tired voice called out from the back of the church, "Right near the end!"
YOUR YOUTUBE CHRISTMAS MOMENT
You’ll love hearing Becky Kelley sing “Where's the Line to See Jesus?” And then you will wonder why some church hasn’t created a line to see Jesus?
You can find the archived messages from this year’s series on my website at http://terrypaulson.com/christmas.shtml/. Our final message is tomorrow...as we prepare for His coming!
Your Host for this Year's Journey....