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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Is...

Christmas Is...

Christmas is being gathered around the Christmas tree Christmas Eve night listening to the story of the birth of Jesus. It’s about looking at those around you and thanking God that you are surrounded by family.

Christmas is reaching out and helping our brothers and sisters all around our community and this world. It’s about thanking the Lord for what you have and wanting to share it with those who do not.

Christmas is a kind word to a stranger, a blanket to those who are cold, a prayer for a loved one, a hug to a child that is hurting. It’s about loving others as much as the Lord loves you.

Christmas is remembering Christmas’s past where those we loved were still with us, a prayer for those who have to spend this time alone.  It’s about being grateful for those times with our loved ones that have gone, remembering those times with more laughter than tears.

Christmas is in a child’s laughter, in the kiss of your husband or wife, in an unexpected gift from a loved one. It’s about being in the moment with those you love and praising the Lord for the blessings He has bestowed upon you.

Christmas is in all these things; and it doesn’t end on December 25th. The power and love of Christmas wasn’t contained in a tiny manger.  It reached out beyond a small stable and embraced the world. This year please remember the love and light that came to us that day long ago. Carry it out beyond these walls out into the world. Don’t pack away Christmas with the decorations, but carry Jesus’ light and love with you throughout the year. 

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