I wrote a longer post for last Christmas. I shared some Bible verses that are usually on my heart and in messages around that time of year. Rather than do a replica, let me direct you to what I wrote last Christmas in my post, “For Unto Us a Child Is Born”
That post rings true today. In fact, when I do some end of year write ups in the coming weeks, I think you’ll see that in some ways it rings louder for me. This has been an interesting year that has found me really feeling like God is convicting me to seek more of Him and offer Him so much more of me than I have been. I can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store for me on this journey.
I’ll add my standard disclaimer – these are my thoughts, not my employers. I respect your right to believe differently than I do and if this post isn’t what you are interested in, read something less controversial like some recent thoughts on the PASS mission. Otherwise, Merry Christmas 2010 from my family to yours.
Our Christmas Cards
The front is a picture of us all (Hope to get scanner working at some point). On the back is a quote from a song and a simple message. The italicized text is the back of our card this year -
Hail the Heaven born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and Life to all He brings, Risen with healing in His wings
Mild He lays his glory by
Born that men no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”
May He bless you at Christmas and throughout the New Year!
This will by 9th Christmas as a Christian. My 9th Christmas since realizing how far from God’s perfection I was. Since realizing that Jesus did die for me and I was fighting against what was true all along. The past 8 Christmases have been so different from my first 23 and since I’ve been stuck in here with me all these years I hadn’t really fully realized just how different I have been until talking with some Christian friends in an online meeting the other day - The things I believe now; the things I long to do; the sins that bother me now that would have never even crossed my mind as sin before. All so different and in a way that I could never make happen on my own. A way I would never even have the desire to make different on my own if I am to be honest with myself and you. Oh how I wish I could go back in time and tell an even younger me to “stop being such a fool while professing yourself to be wise!” I can’t and that is just fine with me. This Christmas will be just as joyous and I’ll probably still even choke back some tears at the Christmas candlelight service singing some great hymns to celebrate the birth of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
Whether you’ll be celebrating Christmas in the same way as me or just having an enjoyable time and excuse to visit family, I wish you a happy, healthy and safe time. Be blessed and make 2011 a great year for you and yours, okay?