The Twelve Days of Christmas
Day Twelve...December 25, 2017
Terry Paulson, PhD, CSP, CPAE
On Christmas Day, 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...
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.
AND NOW YOUR CHRISTMAS MIRTHFUL MOMENT...
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 #902
...But since all of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, we believe that Jesus came that first Christmas that we might by faith become part of the family of God and inherit eternal life. Jesus also left us with Holy Spirit and His love letter, The Word of God. May you read the Word every day this year to know that you are loved well beyond Christmas!
AND NOW 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!
THANK YOU FOR BEING LOYAL READERS AND CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS TRIBUTE TO THE TRUE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS--OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. SIGNING OFF FOR THE FINAL YEAR OF THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS...BUT SIGNING ON FOR AN ETERNITY WITH ALL OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST!
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.
You can find the archived messages from this year’s final series on my website at http://www.terrypaulson.com/christmas.shtml/.
Signing off for the last time.... 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 our 12 Day Journey to Christmas.
Terry Paulson, PhD http://www.terrypaulson.com