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.
TO GET YOU READY...HERE'S A QUOTE WORTH LIVING THIS CHRISTMAS...
James Hewett tells the following story: "I read about a grandfather who found his grandson jumping up and down in his playpen, crying at the top of his voice. When Johnnie saw his grandfather, he reached up his chubby little hands and said, 'Out Papa, out." It was only natural for the grandfather to reach down to lift him out of his predicament, but as he began to pick him up, his mother stepped up and said, 'No, Johnnie, you must stay in.' She was firm in her resolve to correct her young son. The grandfather was at a loss to know what to do. The child's tears and chubby hands reached deep into his heart. But the mother's firmness could not be taken lightly. But love found a way. The grandfather could not take his grandson out of the playpen, so he climbed in with him."
Beloved of God, that is what our Lord Jesus Christ did for us at Christmas. In leaving heaven for earth, He climbed in with us. May we let Him in to our playpen again this year....
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY—"A Promise"
The pastor of the church was looking over the cradle in the Church's soon to be put away nativity scene when he noticed that the baby Jesus was missing from among the figures.
Instinctively the pastor went outside to search for the missing figure, and soon he saw a little boy with a red wagon. In the wagon was the figure of the little infant, Jesus.
Unsure how to handle the situation, the pastor walked up to the boy and said, "Well, where did you get Him, my fine friend?"
The little boy replied, "I got him from the church."
"And why did you take him?"
The boy said, "Well, about a week before Christmas I prayed to the little Lord Jesus and I told him if he would bring me a red wagon for Christmas I would give him a ride around the block in it.”
—Compliments of Joe via Dr. Ann Kleine-Kracht, December 22, 2013.
YOUR MIRTHFUL MOMENT OF THE DAY...
A lady lost her handbag in the bustle of Christmas shopping. It was found by an honest little boy and returned to her.
Looking in her purse, she commented, "Hmmm, that's funny. When I lost my bag, there was a $20 bill in it. Now there are twenty $1 bills."
The boy quickly replied, "That's right, lady. The last time I found a lady's purse, she didn't have any change for a reward."
–Compliments of Dr. Ann Kleine-Kracht, December 15, 2010, WEEKS OF FUN.
YOUR YOUTUBE CHRISTMAS MOMENT
On this Christmas morning, enjoy this amazing a cappella version of the popular song “Angels We Have Heard On High” from Pentatonix. Can’t you just hear the angels singing of the Christ child coming! www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAMzAIH12yc
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 2016.... 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,