Thursday, October 2, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus!

*Originally posted on December 24, 2007

I found "One Wintry Night" by Ruth Bell Graham at Family Christian. She does a beautiful job of retelling the "main" stories of the Old Testament to lead to Jesus's birth and the true reason why we celebrate Christmas! The girls loved the illustrations as well and I know this story will be a wonderful family tradition for years to come!

Enjoy this wonderful link: Merry Christmas!

We have enjoyed our daily Advent studies and I know it has helped our focus this year be on Christ. The girls have asked many insightful questions and we've had a great time preparing for the celebration of Jesus' birth! I pray that you and your family enjoy your Christmas and may Jesus be glorified in this wonderful celebration! I know you'll have a blessed day! :)

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family: I'm just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies,preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at meal time, but do not show love to my family: I'm just another cook.
If I work at a soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family: it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ: I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return; but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust;
But giving the gift of love will endure.
Wishing you a joyous & meaningful Christmas!

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