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The Story Of Christmas

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Story Of Christmas
From Luke 2: 1-20

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 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 Saviour, 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. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

  


"God Bless Us All, Everyone!"

Thursday, December 24, 2009

As dinner was finishing, Tiny Tim Cratchit exclaimed "God Bless Us All, Everyone!"

Everyone should take these words to heart and make them a mantra of their lives to be repeated daily and often. There is a story of an itinerant preacher who stopped and spoke with a local farmer. As the preacher was leaving, he used his standard departing greeting of "God Bless You". The farmer replied "He has, son. He has".

No matter how dark things might seem, God has blessed us all, everyone. We should be thankful and as we celebrate Christmas, we should be miondful og God's blessings.

"God Bless Us All, Everyone!"

  
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Old, New

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

One of the e-mails I got yesterday said that Christmas is magic to a child because it is new and Christmas in magic to an adult because it is old.

Both of these are true but the underlying truth is that Christmas is magic because it is Christmas. Somehow, during the four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a vast majority of the population acts in the manner they should act for the remainder of the year. Charities collect money, toys, food, clothing and other necessities for those in need. People express glad tidings to one another. People get gifts for other people, some because they think they have to but most because they want to.

E$xperience and enjoy the love that is Christmas

  


City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I guess I am getting old. I keep thinking of how things used to be! I went shopping with my children last night. We went to the mall. Everybody goes to the mall now. Actually it appeared that substantially less than everybody went to the mall last night. The crowd was sparse for four days before Christmas. Maybe, just maybe, people are approaching Christmas more intelligently this year. Maybe people are not giving in to the hype and buying everything in sight just because it is there.

I remember my childhood, before the days of shopping malls. People actually went downtown and shopped. The malls are not crowded and the sidewalks in the downtown areas are not busy sidewalks. The good news is that maybe there won't be so much unnecessary debt resulting from this Christmas. The bad news is that the lack of shoppers sort of takes away some of the ephemeral Christmas Spirit.

We need a forced injection of Christmas Spirit. Go to the mall and don't shop. Just watch the people. Go down near Santa's chair and watch the children as they visit Santa. The children are innocent. Christmas is not about Santa and presents but watching a child visit Santa is an picture of pure love.

  


City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I guess I am getting old. I keep thinking of how things used to be! I went shopping with my children last night. We went to the mall. Everybody goes to the mall now. Actually it appeared that substantially less than everybody went to the mall last night. The crowd was sparse for four days before Christmas. Maybe, just maybe, people are approaching Christmas more intelligently this year. Maybe people are not giving in to the hype and buying everything in sight just because it is there.

I remember my childhood, before the days of shopping malls. People actually went downtown and shopped. The malls are not crowded and the sidewalks in the downtown areas are not busy sidewalks. The good news is that maybe there won't be so much unnecessary debt resulting from this Christmas. The bad news is that the lack of shoppers sort of takes away some of the ephemeral Christmas Spirit.

We need a forced injection of Christmas Spirit. Go to the mall and don't shop. Just watch the people. Go down near Santa's chair and watch the children as they visit Santa. The children are innocent. Christmas is not about Santa and presents but watching a child visit Santa is an picture of pure love.

  


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