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Holiday Season

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is often called the Holiday Season. My favorite part of this time of the year is the time spent with family. Most families make a special effort to be together. Hopefully, it is a joyful time that reinforces the connections that bind us, whether it be through blood or mutual caring.

It is a time that we send and receive cards and letters, emails and texts to one another, establishing even the briefest of connections. It is a chance to let those you care about know that you are there. And it is a chance to reminisce, even painfully, those that are no longer with us.

It is a time that we are reminded to wish well our fellow man, to seek goodness in others and demonstrate love and generosity to those around us. It really is a mission that should be the goal of every day.

Now that we have entered a new year, we may or may not make resolutions, but each day in this new year is another chance to make our path and lives better by choosing wisely, loving deeply and learning from life’s lessons. It is a time that we are reminded of new opportunities in moments not yet realized.

I hope you experienced a wonderful holiday season. I hope you take this and every opportunity to look around you, realize the world is full of wonder and awe, and to be thankful for all that you have.

Gifts of the Magi

The Magi were wise men from the East.  They were students of prophesy, religion and philosophy, astronomy and astrology.  The Bible does not state how many Magi came to visit the child Jesus.  Many people hold that there were three wise men, maybe because there were three gifts.

 I find that the gifts that were offered were a fascinating demonstration that shows the extent of the understanding that the Magi had as to Jesus’ life and purpose.  As many of you know, the gifts presented were gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

 Gold was given in ancient times as a tribute to the reign of a new king.  The Magi had told Herod that they were in search of a king that was prophesied to be born in Bethlehem and that they were following a star that would lead them to that king.  Gold was a wonderfully appropriate gift.

 Frankincense is an aromatic incense that was used in sacred rituals.  The Magi were acknowledging Jesus’ spiritual life and the sacredness of his being.  Because they had studied ancient texts, the Magi knew that Jesus would have an immense spiritual impact on the world.  Frankincense was a wonderful choice as a gift that recognized the incredible gift that God the Father gave to the world.

 And finally, myrrh is a spice that was used to prepare bodies for burial and had other uses during funerals.  This gift represents the suffering and sacrifice that Jesus would make for all of us, the completion of the purpose of Jesus’ life here on earth.

 In these three gifts, the Magi had truly represented the essence of Jesus’ life.  These gifts represented: the everlasting kingship and reign of Jesus; the sacredness and spiritual impact of His life; and finally the suffering and sacrifice that fulfill the promises made by God in earlier revelations.

 Remember that God had given us the beautiful and wondrous gift of His Son. That His Son suffered and died for us.  The gift of love and forgiveness is given to us each and every day.  That gift of love is ours to have, offered freely and in unending abundance.

 Peace be with you all.

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Letter from Jesus about Christmas

I did not write the letter below.  I have no idea who wrote it. It was sent to me as a chain email.  I thought it might be shared with my readers.

A Letter from Jesus about Christmas

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don’t care what you call the day.  If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree.  It was I who made all trees.  You can remember Me anytime you see any tree.  Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 – 8.

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list.  Choose something from it: 

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is  being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home.  They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year.  I know, they tell Me all the time. 

2. Visit someone in a nursing home.  You don’t have to know them personally.  They just need to know that someone cares about them. 

3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don’t you write and tell him that you’ll be praying for him and his family this year.  Then follow up… It will be nice hearing from you again.

 4. Instead of giving your children many gifts you can’t afford and they don’t need, spend time with them.  Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here.  Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them. 

5 Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her. 

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless?  Since you don’t know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference. 

7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there.  Give them a warm smile and a kind word.  Even if they aren’t allowed to wish you a “Merry Christmas” that doesn’t keep you from wishing them one.  Then stop shopping there on Sunday.  If the store didn’t make so much money on that day they’d close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families. 

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary — especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.

9. Here’s a good one.  There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no “Christmas” tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive.  If you don’t know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you. 

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and  loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian.  Don’t do things in secret that you wouldn’t do in My presence.  Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine. 

Don’t forget; I am God and can take care of Myself.  Just love Me and do what I have told you to do.  I’ll take care of all the rest.  Check out the list above and get to work; time is short.  I’ll help you, but the ball is now in your court.  And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember.

I LOVE YOU,
JESUS

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