Like most of you, I’m guessing, I’m not going to be online much for the rest of the week. I’m ready to take some time off and enjoy my family. I’m looking forward to a few days of family time, good food, and celebrating the birth of my Savior. From my family to yours, we wish each of you a very Merry Christmas.
I know that Christmas may not be a very happy time for many of you. Listening to Elvis Christmas music brought me to tears this past weekend, as I remembered family members who have been missed for far too many Christmases already. I know this year brings a fresh, raw pain to many families. I’m praying for those who are missing loved ones this year.
I leave you with my two favorite Christmas quotes of all time. It wouldn’t seem like Christmas if I didn’t hear them.
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling:
How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
It came without packages, boxes or bags!
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!
(How The Grinch Stole Christmas — Dr. Seuss)
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2: 1-14)
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
(Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown — Charles Schultz)
Merry Christmas, everyone!
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