Celebrating Christmas~JESUS!

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CHRISTMAS! A special time set aside to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus Christ, the Hope of all mankind. Jesus Christ, my personal Savior and yours too … if you’ve allowed Him in your heart.

I’m telling you I get all excited just thinking about Jesus Christ and what His love has done for me. The other night while driving to town I began thanking Jesus for ‘keeping me all together.’ I’ve made no secret that I was a hopeless and broken mess of a person before Jesus bathed my heart with His love and my mind with His peace. What a difference Jesus Christ has made in my life … and that’s why I want to tell the whole world if the stresses of life are ‘getting’ to you … cry out to Jesus. If you’re on the verge of losing your mind … cry out to Jesus. If you’re desperate for a change in your life … cry out to Jesus. No one else can do for you, what Jesus can do. And that’s the truth.

This Christmas, like millions of other families, my family will gather together to rejoice and celebrate the birth of Jesus. First, we’ll enjoy our traditional Christmas Eve dinner and afterwards we’ll gather together in the den for the highlight of our Christmas celebration. As usual, the children will sit in a semi-circle on the floor so that the adults can have the comfortable seats. After everyone has settled down, and a hush fills the room, a member of the family will stand and read the Christmas story from the Holy Scriptures. Then we’ll sing songs of praise and worship to God and have prayer. Celebrating Jesus with my family is by far the best part of my entire Christmas.

Next comes the children’s favorite part of the evening, the exchanging of gifts and games. And that’s when the good-natured competition between family members begins. (Laughing) Last Christmas the family divided up in teams to play the ‘Human Christmas Tree’ game. The game and rules are simple. The first family to design and decorate a ‘Human Christmas Tree’ wins. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as much or as hard in my life! It was absolutely hilarious as the teams moved with lightening speed adorning their ‘trees’ with tin foil, ornaments, garland, and strings of working lights. I think it was probably the best game my family has ever played.

 

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It’s wonderful to have family to celebrate Christmas with. It’s also wonderful to know that even if you’re all alone …you can still celebrate Christmas. How uplifting it is to know that Jesus sees every person who celebrates Him and His birth. Whether the person celebrates Him with family or celebrates Him alone…Jesus is present and His love is the same for each.

Christ is The Light of Christmas

Christmas joy and lights aglow;
Christmas songs to warm and cheer
Excitement is on the children’s faces
As anticipation fills the air —

But for some, it can be lonely
When loved ones have passed away,
Memories are all that linger
As the years begin to fade

But Christ’s light should never dim;
It should ever shine out bright
Our ray of hope in this troubled world
Is our joy of eternal light

Christmas, when spent with Jesus,
Can warm our hurting hearts,
For as His light shines within us,
Its glow warms our deepest parts.

© By M.S.Lowndes

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.—Psalm 147:3

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.—Deuteronomy 31:6

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.—Psalms 27:10

Trust in him at all times; [ye] people, pour out your heart before him: God [is] a refuge for us. Selah.—Psalm 62:8

Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.—Isaiah 41:10

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.—1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.—Isaiah 53:3-4

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.—John 14:18

O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.—Psalm 38:9

The star of Bethlehem shone when Christ was born. In the darkest nights, Christ’s love still shines the brightest. Wishing you a blessed and very Merry Christmas.—Debra Joy

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