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On Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve.

I just want to finish wrapping gifts. Clean my house. Go to the candlelight service at church. Prepare food for tomorrow’s family feasting. Maybe watch “White Christmas” for the 32nd time.

And when the Big Day arrives, I am going to enjoy my husband and children and grandchildren, purposing to connect with each one on more than a “hi, how are you” level. Store up some great memories.

I could go all spiritual, but the bottom line is this:

Have a blessed and happy Christmas!

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‘Twas Three Days Before Christmas

Twas three days before Christmas, when all through the store
Not a customer was happy, just asking for more.
The books were stacked on the tables with care,
In hopes that someone would find the price fair.

The children were running, instead of tied in their beds,
While visions of Wii games danced in their heads.
And mom on her iPhone, with a kid on her lap,
Had just settled in for a long winter’s chat.

No, I don’t have a Bible to give to your kids,
Or a VeggieTales video open for bids.
I’m all out of Odyssey, Message and Meyer,
You’re stuck with what’s left, and a Christmastime flyer.

So give me a break from your whining and talk,
And be happy with merchandise left in our stock.
But hear me exclaim, as I fade out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

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Once Again

This week I see evidence everywhere of Christmas approaching. The commercial side. The spiritual side. And the I-don’t-want-to-offend-anyone-so-I’ll-just-say-happy-holidays side. It’s all out there.

Today, however, I think about the Cross.

The miraculous birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, is cause for celebration. Absolutely. But the real party begins when a lost soul finds his or her way to the Cross where that Savior died for them – to the empty tomb where He rose from the dead and made it possible for them to have forgiveness and an eternity in Glory. To live their years on earth walking in close relationship with Him.

The greatest price was paid. For you. For me. For all of mankind. And Jesus offers this gift free of charge.

Matt Redman’s song, Once Again, has words to ponder this Christmas season.

Jesus Christ, I think upon Your sacrifice
You became nothing, Poured out to death
Many times, I’ve wondered at your gift of life
I’m in that place once again
I’m in that place once again

Once again I look upon the cross where You died
I’m humbled by Your mercy and I’m broken inside
Once again I thank You,
Once again I pour out my life

Now You are exhalted to the highest place
King of the Heavens, where one day I’ll bow
But for now, I’ll marvel at Your saving grace
I’m full of praise once again
Oh I’m full of praise once again

Thank you for the cross, my Friend.

That, folks, is the reason to celebrate.


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