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Viewing entries posted in December 2011
Christmas 2011 has come and gone. You have heard the story of Jesus’ birth. Perhaps you can imagine being Mary, Joseph, a shepherd, or one of the angels who were able to see the baby lying swaddled in the manger. But just because Christmas has past once more, doesn’t mean the story is over. Christmas is just the beginning of a wild love story between a Prince and His beloved bride…
I just finished reading the first - and to date, the only - book ordered for my Kindle birthday gift given to me by my family.
When Francis of Assisi was old, he was asked: "How did you do so much for God?" He replied: “The reason that God blesses my endeavors must have been this: God looked down from heaven and said, ‘Where can I find the weakest, lowliest, poorest man on earth?’ Then He saw me and He said: ‘I found him. I will work through him, for surely it will not cause him to think anything of himself and take My glory to be his. He will know that I always used him just because he was lowly and did not think himself important.’ ”
Our calendars turned over into December this week. Although the stores have been selling us Christmas since October, it really is the season of advent now, and I love it. I know that Christmas in America can sometimes be void of the truth of the birth of Jesus, the coming of the Messiah, God with us. But I also know that I can walk into almost any store and hear these words over the sound system: "Joy to the World, the Lord is Come," "Glory to the newborn king," "This, this is Christ the King," and so many others. Nativity scenes may not be as prevalant as they once were, but they are still all around. Some may not recognize the miracle of Christmas, but I am glad that we get to celebrate it for the whole month! Of course, we can celebrate it every day of the year, but this is a wonderful time to focus on God Incarnate, Immanuel.