Merry Christmas!

It's hard to believe Christmas is just two days away! Memories that cannot be undone and redone are sealed behind us. Birthdays, holidays, road trips, ministering opportunities, new relationships, projects, learning curves, and as always, an abundance of blessings; an abundance of reasons to be grateful for another year we've had to serve the Lord and lay up treasures in Heaven; another year we've had to grow in knowledge and experience of God's character, ways, and works.

As I look around and consider events like the traumatic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, I am grieved, and then reminded that the Scriptures have the answers, and we have the Scriptures. What a privilege. What responsibility! We get to be the messengers of the Gospel, the ambassadors of Heaven, and the light of this world. If others don't see Jesus in us, in whom will they see Him? He, whose birth we are now celebrating, is still alive, and ". . . is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." One day the pain and suffering we see around us, the rebellion, the immorality, the willing ignorance, the vanity, and confusion will all be passed . . . but so will the opportunity to turn in repentance towards God and secure hope for the future. There's still work to do as we begin yet another year! Tell others of Jesus. Be not weary in well doing: roll up your sleeves, and "work for the night is coming . . . when man's work is o'er."

Merry Christmas!!! Rejoice: we are of all people most BLESSED!

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude
of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 
Glory to God in the highest, 
and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2:13-14

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