Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas! Part 2

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18)

And that's the real meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown.

Merry Christmas Day!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Have a blessed day tomorrow with family and friends. I'm writing this early in the AM Christmas morning. I'm about to head to bed myself. Tomorrow looks to be a nice day. We'll have our annual Christmas celebration with breakfast and opening of presents in the morning. and then at some point we'll get together with Mom and Dad and my brothers and sister. I'm truly blessed to have such a cohesive tight-knit family. Wish my twin brother Jim could be with us, but he'll be out in California with his family.

As I write this Chet Atkins is playing "Deck the Halls" on the turntable. Chester was truly something else on the guitar. The halls are decked, and the presents are wrapped. As usual it seemed like the month just flew by. It has been a nice month, but a busy one. Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it sometimes seems it is hard to slow down and enjoy it. This week should be pretty slow though. I'm looking forward to it.

Chester is finishing side B with "Silent Night." That's where we are now. The house is silent, and I'm about to go to bed, but I would be remiss to head on without this last thought. I've been thinking today on thankfulness and the goodness of God. We human beings are so easily swept up into the negative. Sometimes it is hard to even slow down and enjoy days like this. If we're not careful, we can turn times of rest into times of worry. It's too easy when we find ourselves less busy to let our minds wander toward the future. That's when the care of the world can creep in and keep us from seizing the joys that this day holds. In Matthew 6:34 Jesus told us, "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself."

I think thankfulness is a good antidote to worry. Thankfulness turns our focus back on the Lord and on to His goodness. It reminds us of His care and provision. Be thankful tomorrow as you go about your day. Take some time throughout the day to thank the Lord for all He has done in your life. I sure will.

God bless and have a wonderful Christmas Day!