It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Chapter 12, Page 25, Book 08

My Christmas Wish For You
My Christmas wish for you, my friend
Is not a simple one
For I wish you hope and joy and peace
Days filled with warmth and sun
I wish you love and friendship too
Throughout the coming year
Lots of laughter and happiness
To fill your world with cheer
May you count your blessings, one by one
And when totaled by the lot
May you find all you've been given
To be more than what you sought
May your journeys be short, your burdens light
May your spirit never grow old
May all your clouds have silver linings
And your rainbows pots of gold
I wish this all and so much more
May all your dreams come true
May you have a Merry Christmas friend
And a happy New Year, too ..
I wish you a merry Christmas


It is a special day today! The whole reason for all the preparation and work that we’ve done the month of December has arrived. First and foremost today I’ll be going to church to thank our dear Lord for his marvelous gift to us. I will be saying some extra prayers too as there are so many in need of them right now.

Too often we come up to Christmas eve and Christmas day, as well as the days after, with little or no time for prayer at all. Every moment, it seems, is filled with some preparation, some tradition, having people over to our house or going to others' homes. Even those who are home bound or those of us who might be alone these days sometimes have difficulty getting to the heart of the Gift offered us these days.
If we focus our attention, we can let many very ordinary parts of our days become prayerful and rich with grace. Imagine how different this Christmas would be if we let every handshake, touch on the arm, every hug, every kiss, be an opportunity - even for a few brief seconds - to turn to God in thanksgiving and with a prayer

This is the day that Christians have set aside to celebrate the beginning of the greatest gift mankind has ever received. Coming into the Christmas season with a grateful heart is essential if you really want to make the extension from Jesus's giving of His amazing gift to your giving and receiving

One of the great opportunities we have these days is to savor the Christmas season. Christmas is not a single day; it's a season. In our church it is a two week period

This is the proclamation made in many of our churches today

Today, the twenty-fifth day of December
Unknown ages from the time when God created the heavens and the earth And then formed man and woman in his own image.
Several thousand years after the flood,When God made the rainbow shine forth as a sign of the covenant.
Twenty-one centuries from the time of Abraham and Sarah;Thirteen centuries after Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt.
Eleven hundred years from the time of Ruth and the Judges;
One thousand years from the anointing of David as king;In the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel.
In the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
The seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome.
The forty-second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus;
The whole world being at peace,Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,Desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming,Being conceived by the Holy Spirit,And nine months having passed since his conception,Was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary.
Today is the nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh

From ancient times, this has been the way the Church begins its celebration of this glorious day. It offer us a sense of the place in history that the birth of our Savior has and invites us to rejoice

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

Thought For The Day

A Christmas Prayer

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus,

that we may share in the song of the angels,

the gladness of the shepherds,

and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate

and open the door of love all over the world.

Let kindness come with every gift

and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,

and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning

make us happy to be thy children,

and Christmas evening bring us

to our beds with grateful thoughts,

forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake.


Yea, Lord, we greet thee Born this happy morning... Son of the Father Now in flesh appearing. Oh come, let us adore him... Christ the Lord

‘On Ya’-ma

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?

Bob Hope


Rose said...

Merry Christmas!

Hugs, Rose

Adirondackcountrygal said...

Have a blessed Christmas!

Hollie said...

What a beautiful entry! Merry Christmas!!!

Kathy said...

That was so beautiful. Have a Merry Christmas!!

betty said...

I loved that Christmas proclaimation! I enjoyed reading your thoughts too, Ma, to keep Jesus alive not only through the season but every single day into the New Year and beyond!! and you are so right about us preparing for Christmas and the festivities that we often don't then have room to pray today; found that myself; need to find time for that for sure today

Merry Christmas!


Jan said...

Thinking of you, and sending my love ,its nearly nine pm here ,love Jan xx

Sybil said...

Dear Ma, I hope that ou had a wonderful day yesterday. I had a good day firstly at church with our lovely Canadian (retired) minister who brought along his wife who played our keyboard as our organist had gone away...that was lovely. Then it was up to my sister's where all the family met plus my neighbour who is on his own, for a delicious Christmas dinner. Giving thanks to the Lord for all our friends throughout the world. Thank you for your friendshhip throughout the latter part of 2008 some good came out of the demise of AOL !!
Much Love Sybil xxx