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Thought For The Day 12/03/14

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Sharing The News With Children 

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“Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.…

It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.”

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Seek That Which Is Above

1986

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This past Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent and as I am often a “day late and a dollar short”, although I addressed it in terms of the way I address my Sunday Thought these days, I really did not address this very special day from my own perspective, as I should have. But since Advent is truly a magical time of the year, it deserves a more personal touch!

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When I was a child, Advent was magical time in the church where I worshipped, and it was just as special in the church where I raised my children and where I helped to direct the worship segment for our children’s Sunday School. There were very special advent lessons I would share with the children every year. Even little ones too young to fully understand the true meaning of the season somehow instinctively knew that these four weeks that lead up to Christmas were special and I don’t for one minute believe it was because they knew that gifts would magically appear come Christmas morning!

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Now our children would begin the celebration by lighting  our very own Advent Wreath that they helped to make. Of course, we used the battery operated variety of candles which I painted the colors of purple and pink and white. We would ask the children to bring in greenery and pine cones the week before and we would create the most beautiful wreath as each child would reverently bring their gift to the front where a circle sat on an altar covered with a linen and lace cloth. The candles would be waiting and each child delicately added the treasure of nature they had brought and as they would lay it on the form upon the altar, they would say one thing they were thankful for!

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During week number one, we walked around the church sanctuary and the Sunday School classrooms and asked the children to see what was different. Their answers were wonderfully innocent as some said the room was clean while others said that there were some new colors and decorations. The idea was to make sure they knew that this time was a special time. Then we would return to the gathering room and we would light the first candle…. a purple one…. and we would talk about what was so special about the coming of the new baby Jesus. We would talk about the very special gifts we share with each other and then we would remember the greatest gift of all….. God’s special gift….. by singing some special songs of the season.  And we would talk about the signs that were given that would foretell the world of His birth! And we would talk about John the Baptist, reading the our first holiday passage of the season from the gospel of Luke as we think about the signs that would herald His birth!

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In the time of Herod, King of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.

Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”

Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.

When his time of service was completed, he returned home. After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”

Luke 1:5-25 NIV

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Make sure you share with your children and your grandchildren what makes these days so very special. And while we want to embrace the true innocence of our children by including the secular components that remain so endearing to the season, make sure that the true reason for giving and gifting to those we love is given its proper place of importance in the days ahead. You see, “… Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy…” *1) He exists because of the beauty given to us all by the Father in heaven, whose love and generosity and devotion was so great, He gave to us the greatest gift of all time!

*1) http://classiclit.about.com/od/christmasliteratur1/a/aa_yessanta.htm

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Mandy 2014

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Thought For The Day 12/26/13

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In The Blink Of An Eye…. 

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There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.

James Arthur Baldwin

http://www.searchquotes.com/search/Famous_Time_Flying/

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Today the spirit is willing but the flesh……not so much, so I am re-sharing a previous post from 2 years ago. Yes, if you saw any pictures of me Christmas Day, you may have noticed that my left eye was as red as Rudolph’s nose. And I guess my right one got jealous, because it is looking about the same right now! Add that to the concrete inside my sinus passages, and…….well…… you get the picture! Hopefully I will be feeling better tomorrow and can create a brand new inspiration to share with you all! Thanks to you for stopping by, reading my thoughts and giving me your support each and every day!

Mandy

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We spend months saving! We spend weeks shopping! We spend days preparing! We spend hours enjoying and then it’s over! Except for the memories it planted in our hearts! Except for the joy it painted in our minds! Except for the love it reaffirmed within our souls! Christmas is just that special gift we all need at the end of every year to give up hope for the hours, days, weeks, and months to come in the New Year! And all because God deemed to send a tiny being into the world…..a perfect gift for mankind…..the bridge we all will need to guarantee our place with him for all eternity, if we accept and believe! And I believe! Yes, indeed, I believe!

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I also believe in Santa Clause, as well, for some very specific reasons, many of which I saw through the eyes of my grandson, Landon, as he first caught sight of his presents under the tree yesterday. Now there would be some out there who might be tempted to damn me to hell for admitting such a thing in a public forum. However, in my opinion the magic that is Christmas day can not be easily divided between the spiritual and the secular side of the celebration. For it is through the inter-twining of the two that we are all given this perfect day every year. And no better example exists of this very fact than a letter written many years ago by a little girl  to the editor of THE SUN, a local New York City newspaper of the day. And though I know you all must know to what I am referring, for those who may not, I want to share with you both the letter she wrote and the response that was published!

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“DEAR EDITOR:

I am 8 years old.

“Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. “Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’ “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

“VIRGINIA O’HANLON. ”
115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.”

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VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of children.

Francis Pharcellus Church, Editor

THE SUN

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“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 

1 John 4:7 NIV

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Thought For The Day 12/25/13

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Oh Holy Night….Oh Blessed Day!

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Christmas begins with Christ

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Christmas is a necessity.  There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves. 

Eric Sevareid

http://www.quotegarden.com/christmas.html

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O Holy Night” (“Cantique de Noël“) is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful and well-loved of all of the Christmas carols. Composed by  Adolph Adam in 1847, and it was based on the French poem, “Minuit, chrétiens” (Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau. It was written when Placide was asked by a clergyman to write a poem for Christmas mass. Of course, Luke was his guide as he envisioned the birth of the Christ child in Bethlehem! The popularity of the words prompted the poet to contact a friend who was a musician. Adolph conceived the melody and within a few short weeks, the song was performed at the Midnight mass on Christmas Eve!

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Here are the lyrics to Placide’s beautiful poem!

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;

O night, O holy night, O night divine!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.

O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wise men from out of the Orient land.

The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.

He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.

Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,

His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

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The poem speaks volumes about the needs mankind has for a Savior to rescue us all from a world that is full of sin! After all, it would be this tiny babe who would bear the cares and sins for all of humanity forever more!

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.

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Then Placide goes on to tell us of the qualities Christ would grow to have….the qualities of God but in flesh and not spirit! John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,

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Then the words tell us how it is that God desires man to live…..what His expectations are for our behavior! John 13:35, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Yes, He expects that we will love Him and each other!

Truly he taught us to love one another,
His law is love and his gospel is peace.
Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother
And in his name all oppression shall cease.

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We, as a human race, were being given the opportunity, not to be saved from the Hell that our dying would direct us to, but we were also being given, by this gift of God in flesh, that capacity of living fulfilled and abundant lives as we walk upon the earth! Indeed, we were all given the way, the truth and the life by one tiny, little baby! Oh Holy Night, indeed!

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Oh Holy Night

Song performed by Josh Groban.
Set to scenes from “The Nativity Story”.

 (Video Created by YouTube channel Tonycdrive)

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“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” 
John 1:14 KJV
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Thought For The Day 12/24/13

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And Unto Us…

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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

Norman Vincent Peale

http://www.quotegarden.com/christmas.html

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As much as I might wish I could lay claim to the honor, their can be no more beautiful words that can weave their magic quite the same way the Bible does, when it comes to describing the birth of the Christ Child. This is especially true when those words are shared using the beautifully melodic lilt of the King James Version of the passages! So sit back, and read the story the way it was intended to be read, and paint a masterpiece in your mind of this miracle and gift that was given to mankind!

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Luke 2:1-20

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

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“O Come All Ye Faithful”

This Christmas Carol was performed and arranged by

Michael Fawcett

It was included in an album of Christmas music originally released in 2000.

This version was uploaded to YouTube December 16th, 2011

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
 
Isaiah 9:6-7

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Thought For The Day 12/21/13

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Wise Men And Women

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There is a funny saying that begins something like this….. If the Three Wise Men had been Three Wise Women:

1) They would have asked for directions before they arrived.

2) They would have arrived in time and been there to deliver the baby.

3) They would have cleaned the stable, brought practical gifts, like diapers, baby wipes and a casserole.

4) They would have managed to accomplish the greatest miracle of all… Peace on Earth!

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Now we know that this is merely a “tongue in cheek” take on the assumption that women, by their very natures, are more domestic, are better organized, intuitively know what needs doing and are willing to accept the fact that not everything in life can be accomplished without asking for a little help from both friends and strangers. However there is also something else very significant in thinking about the wisdom of the Magi….whether or not you believe them to exist in male or female form. And that is that even today, wise men and women still follow that very same baby who, once upon a time, was wrapped in swaddling clothes and who was placed in a bed of fresh hay in the manger.

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The Magi were truly wise, despite the fact that they were NOT followers of God. Still, they were able to read the signs in the heavens and apply that to what they did know of the Jewish scriptures. Yes, they knew they were seeking a King! They knew He would change the world! (Matthew 2:1-2 NIV, “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”) And while they may not have known of all he would give to man one day, we do! We know and understand that this single act of God’s gift to us is our second chance. Christ’s unselfish love, became the propitiation for the sin of the world. (Colossians 2:9 NASB, “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form…”)

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Oh yes, He is still hated by many just as He was hated by Herod, who actually lied to the Magi in the hopes that they would lead him to the child so that he might kill this future King and ultimate Savior. Even today, it is this same mindset, infected by Christ’s opposite, who strive to undermine the faith of Christians by speaking untruths as if they are absolutes. But just as the Magi did (Matthew 2:12 KJV, “And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.”), so must we turn our backs on those who would try to diminish our faith. BECAUSE we DO know the truth. And it is to this that we must cling to and remember as we celebrate this most important day each and every year! Yes indeed, wise men and women still seek Him out and follow His teachings!

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“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6 NKJV

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Thought For The Day 12/18/13

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Carol Of The Drum

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Christmas is forever, not for just one day, for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself.

Norman W. Brooks
“Let Every Day Be Christmas”

http://blog.quotabl.es/2010/12/21/top-100-christmas-quotes/

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I was listening to Christmas songs on the radio yesterday when one of my all-time favorites began playing. It was a version recorded by the Harry Simeone Chorale in 1958, and it was the one I always called “The Little Drummer Boy”. The one I heard was a version of a song was first recorded in 1941 as “Carol of the Drum”, by Katherine Kennicott Davis. The song was loosely based on a Czechoslovakian carol. Recorded again and again over the years, perhaps my favorite version these days was recorded by the Ray Conniff Singers and was recorded as part of a medley in 1962.

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Now in case you do not know this classic, it is a tale of a poor boy who was called by the Magi as they followed the star to the manger where the Christ child lay. The boy knew he was seeing the King of Kings, and he wanted to honor the babe with a gift, but was too poor to give Him something tangible. And so, with Mary’s permission, he came near and played  a song for Him…..playing his finest rendition, as a matter of fact, on his tiny drum. 

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I believe that the reason this song resonates with such power, is that it speaks of gifts in their purest and most perfect sense. Firstly, the Gift of Himself that He gave to man in the form of that tiny baby born pure and without sin, all those many years ago. And secondly, the Gift that He asks of us in return, which is the gift of ourselves, returned to Him. We read this in  Acts 17:24-27 NIV, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” And it is this second gift that is demonstrated for all the world to see, in the simple, uncomplicated gift, that the poor boy in this song gives to the Christ Child! You see, he gives Jesus the gift of LOVE!

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Love was, is, and always will be the greatest gift we can ever give another. Were we not told this in 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”? And it is this LOVE that resonates throughout each perfect phrase in this, my very favorite Christmas Carol  of all time!

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CAROL OF THE DRUM

recorded by the Ray Conniff Singers, 1962

Come, they told me, pa rum pum pum pum 
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum 
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum 
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum
So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum
When we come. 

Baby Jesus, pa rum pum pum pum 
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum 
I have no gifts to bring, pa rum pum pum pum 
That’s fit to give our King, pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum
Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum
On my drum?  

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum 
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum 
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum 
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum
Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum 
Me and my drum.

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“Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor.

Psalms 112:1-9 NIV

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Thought For The Day 12/25/12

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O Holy Night

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The Nativity Story

http://www.heyuguys.co.uk/christmas-video-vault-the-nativity-story/nativity/

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Christmas is a necessity.  There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves. 

Eric Sevareid

http://www.quotegarden.com/christmas.html

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“O Holy Night”

Celtic Women

http://youtu.be/P3XwA0w732g

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O Holy Night” (“Cantique de Noël“) is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful and well loved of all of the Christmas carols. Composed by  Adolph Adam in 1847, and it was based on the French poem, “Minuit, chrétiens” (Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau. It was written when Placide was asked by a clergyman to write a poem for Christmas mass. Of course, Luke was his guide as he envisioned the birth of the Christ child in Bethlehem! The popularity of the words prompted the poet to contact a friend who was a musician. Adolph conceived the melody and within a few short weeks, the song was performed at the Midnight mass on Christmas Eve!

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Here are the lyrics to Placide’s beautiful poem!

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.


Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.


A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.


Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;


O night, O holy night, O night divine!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.


O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.


The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.


He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.


Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.


Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,


His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

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The poem speaks volumes about the needs mankind has for a Savior to rescue us all from a world that is full of sin! After all, it would be this tiny babe who would bear the cares and sins for all of humanity forever more!

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.

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Then Placide goes on to tell us of the qualities Christ would grow to have….the qualities of God but in flesh and not spirit! John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,

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Then the words tell us how it is that God desires man to live…..what His expectations are for our behavior! John 13:35, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Yes, He expects that we will love Him and each other!

Truly he taught us to love one another,
His law is love and his gospel is peace.
Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother
And in his name all oppression shall cease.

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We, as a human race, were being given the opportunity, not to be saved from the Hell that our dying would direct us to, but we were also being given, by this gift of God in flesh, that capacity of living fulfilled and abundant lives as we walk upon the earth! Indeed, we were all given the way, the truth and the life by one tiny, little baby! Oh Holy Night, indeed!

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16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”.
1 Peter 1:16 NIV

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During this most blessed season of the year, please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations. Your gift might just mean a family who has lost everything might just have something to smile about this Christmas!

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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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For information, visit
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The Robin Hood Relief Fund

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“121212” The Concert For Sandy Relief

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Call 1-855-465- HELP (4357)

or visit

http://www.121212concert.org/

or

Twitter #121212concert

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