I will update Tuesday-Thursday's verses later this week...
I want to apologize that I am a bit behind on my emails, we are on vacation and I had every intention of waking up yesterday morning and sending out my belated Friday verse, my Saturday thoughts and also a Sunday verse...however we woke up to no power due to a tree on the wires...I need to start cooking Christmas Eve dinner here shortly however I would like to share my thoughts on what today and tomorrow and this whole Christmas celebration mean to me. Please pardon me for I am sure this is going to get lengthy although I am kind of making up for lost days here! >WINK<
Luke 2:1-20 "In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told."
I wanted you to read the whole Christmas story...so, if you have skimmed over the familiar words to get to this part please take an extra minute or two now to slowly read the story and open your heart to let every word settle in there. Did you read it? Imagine this dark world where every mistake meant burnt offerings and the blood of animals sacrificed in order to obtain forgiveness, hundreds of years of living with sin meaning certain death and then the Light arrives! The Savious is born, just as Isaiah had prophesied - He came and became man to save us all! Jesus is born and we no longer live in fear, darkness and desolation...we have hope, faith and the promise of eternal life in paradise! Christmas is not just a time of presents and "what's in it for me", it is a time of giving because God has given us the perfect present and in our thankfulness and praise we should want to give to others as we reflect His love. Christmas is not just about stuffing ourselves with good food and great desserts, it is about celebrating the most important birthday in the history of time! As Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart, I encourage you to ponder the true reason for the Christ-Mass celebrations and let them keep you in a praiseful and glorifying mindset today, tomorrow and all through the year! Please join me in prayer:
We want to thank You for all You have given to us, life, love and salvation among millions of other blessings! Lord, every day, but especially today and tomorrow, help us to keep alive within us the true spirit of Christmas. Please guide our hearts to what is important and wonderful and awesome about this precious Christmas celebration...You! God we truly want to give all glory to You as we remember that You sent Your Word to become flesh that we may join You in heaven when You call us home. Father, we ask that You please grant healing and comfort to all those in need but especially our sisters in Christ, Summer, Kayla, Ally & Sharon. Thank You for all You have already granted them and please continue Your grace and glory in their lives. God please grant our service men and women a very blessed and holy Christmas, fill them with Your love as they sacrifice to protect us. Lord I also ask that You may please grant a special blessing of comfort, favor, peace and protection to all who may be reading these words that You have deemed to allow me to type. I thank You greatly for each and every one of them and for the honor and blessing of You allowing me to serve You by sharing Your love with them. We ask that all these things may be done according to Your perfect Will and in Jesus precious name. Amen.
I wish you and your families all a very blessed and holy Christ-Mass!
Love through Christ,