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Christmas Has Done Me Good

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“What’s Christmastime…. but a time for paying bills without money, a time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer, a time for balancing your books?…. If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with “Merry Christmas:, on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.  He should!”  so says.. Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

But shall we let the story stop there? I say not…. And with that,  this is how Scrooge’s nephew replies………. “There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited.  I dare say, Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmastime…. as a good time, a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut up hearts freely…. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pockets, I believe it has done me good, and will do me good.”

 

May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

 

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M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S !

M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S!

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M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S!!

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THE SAVIOR HAS COME!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!

My prayer for you is that Christmas has done you good, and will do you good this year. Someone was born over 2000 years ago that has done us all good and will continue to do us good…. And for that, I am so very, very thankful this Christmastime.  May you  and your family have a most blessed Christmas!

I know this is a tremendously hard time of year for some who have lost relatives or friends.  It can be a time of overpowering sadness and depression, as the thoughts of those who have gone on ahead of them in this life catapult in as a tidal wave of memories that wash their feet out from under them.  Try to remember those who are alone this Christmas season, not only from a physical perspective, but from an emotional perspective as well.  Show them you care, and let them know it is okay to talk about those who have gone on ahead, and how much their loved ones meant to them, and that they are stilled missed. A gentle pat on the hand, a soft hug, and just being a listener that really cares… goes a long,long way. It is something they need to do, for each time they talk of them, it brings a certain amount of healing. Help them heal..  Gone from our sight… but forever with us… especially at Christmastime.

Demolished

 

 

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Public Domain Photo

Your heart hurts bad

It really makes me mad

 

Not a day goes by

That questions don’t fly

I wish I had some answers for you

I really, really do

 

From joy to sad

That’s what makes me mad

 

Astonished

Demolished  

 

Give me your tears

For all those years 

That could have been

And should have been 

 

How can I not be sad 

To see the joy that others have

That you could have had

You can’t discern

One day, it will be your turn

 

Your joy will be here

Even now, it’s so very near

I know your heart hurts bad

Try to turn from this valley of sad

 

Can’t you see

The light of joy will shine on you and me

No Worries

 

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Photo by Wikimedia.org – Wikimedia Commons – Exchange

Do you have anything to worry about in the world we live in today?  The United States stock market started off the year with some severe rattling in the old pipes.  The US owes a ton of money to China and China is starting to hiccup a bit.  The big “C” in command of the second largest economy of the world will never admit that their economy is starting to flail and flounder.  The hot glowing embers are starting to cool.  The demand for production is starting to wane and they just can’t keep the old furnace purring like it used to.  The wood pile is running out and it seems there is no where for the fellows on “C” street to turn to chop more wood.

There are legitimate concerns about employment, lack of leadership, rising pollution, extreme weather patterns causing crop failure, lack of water, and wars in the world we live in.  Thousands are dying everyday in our world from starvation.  It seems like there are more earthquakes than ever before; and not just those associated with the ground.  Recession and depression seem to want to pop their ugly heads above the sand more and more.  Where do we turn and what can we do to stomp all of our troubles away?  Is it all just a hopeless mess of quicksand?

The out of control mess we are faced with did not happen overnight and things certainly won’t be fixed by tomorrow morning.  But there is hope if you trust in the LORD.  We don’t have to worry, because GOD said he would see us through no matter what we are going through or what trials we come up against in this world.  Take a look at Psalm 37: 18,19, 29 – NIV of the Bible for some encouraging words from the creator of all.

 “The blameless spend their days under the LORD’S care, and their inheritance will endure forever.  In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.  The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.”

So don’t look down at the quicksand, look up and grab hold of the hand that can pull you out and set you on dry ground.  No worries, just keep walking and he’ll see you through to the other side with plenty of hope.