This week begins the season of the Great Return, you know when everything you spent hours looking for and many dollars buying gets returned to the unknown abyss.
Do you know what happens there? Untold bunches of stuff are taken back to their original store, where they are then sent to some kind of discount place store. All will be sold for a tiny percentage of original value.
Is anything we own of any real worth? Clothes get baggy and worn, dishes break. All that really lasts is our relationships.
Sadly they don’t go on forever either. People move or die and everything is over…unless we have the hope of seeing them again.
The only thing we can really count on is our one on one relationship with the Lord. Thankfully it is non-returnable.
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (John 1:18, NIV)
Prayer- Lord, draw our hearts to what really lasts…the Christ. Amen.
What kind of state are we in when Christians complain we have Christmas music playing too early or the stores decorated too soon? We should be cheering when we have any opportunity at all to bring up the name of Christ.
Let’s stop whining about music in the mall. If we don’t, everything will be festive this and festive that. Festive is the replacement word for anything Christmas. It means anything cheerful: it means anything related to a celebration of feasts, festivals or holidays. Christmas is slipping out of our hands. All we hear is festive trees, festive school concerts and festive holidays.
Do we want festive sales, festive music and festive decorations? Before you know it we will have the festive Christ, a Christ whose only purpose is to festive!
Rejoice in every Away in the Manger, or Noel, Noel. Those are scriptural words echoing into malls and halls; a word that we are still allowed to share. Grab onto it with both hands and turn up the sound of Christians rejoicing in the Christ.
Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute! (Philippians 4:4-5, MSG
Tired of radio stations with no Christmas music or scripture readings from Luke and Isaiah? Try hopestreamradio.com. You won’t be disappointed! Merry Christmas to all! Brenda J Wood
Some specialty cakes are served with a small token of some kind to represent the Christ Child. Others are shaped to remind us of the baby in swaddling clothes.
That may have been the goal but what happens when your cake comes out of the oven looking more like Herod on a rampage? People so easily get the wrong idea!
Do not be sad and gloomy if a card you do not get.
The truth is I am busy and have no time to sit
But thoughts of you regale me with prayers for one and all
So consider your are Christmas’ed right here on my blogging wall.
Christmas love to all -Brenda Wood
Some one just told me that there was one Christmas Birthday. The rest are anniversaries.
Think about it. Christ came as a babe one time. Now we celebrate it year by year as his birthday when we shuld be calling it an anniversary.
Alright…picky, picky. Yes it is and does it matter? After all the results are the same. Love and salvation for the sinners, the you and the me of this world.
I read my facebook page and see the traditional Merrys, Ho-Ho’s and Jollys but interspersed heavily are the bah Humbug. Christmas sucks and why an I wearing myself out comments…
Sad isn’t it, that so many of us have missed the message of anniversary and are still trying to keep up with the birthday?
Cause after all is said and done…it is done. Christ died for us and we can just rest in that now and forever…
My dear friend and fellow writer and blogger, Brenda Wood; asked me for this recipe after I served it at our writers group Christmas dinner.
Irish Potato Casserole
I invite you to watch this, courtesy of Tracey who sent it to me. Be blessed. As this year draws to a close, as life happened even in ways that might not have been your choice….always remember this. God remains in charge. He loves you and always makes choices that are for your best, even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time. Hugs……Brenda J Wood.