With Christmas, which is also my birthday, only a few days away, I have been thinking back over Christmas and birthdays from times past.
I have been sitting here looking at the Christmas trees, one an aluminum tree which is a throwback to earlier days and one a beautiful, flocked tree, both beautifully decorated, and thinking back to one very special Christmas tree.
Philippians 4:19 For my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus
This verse was proven to us over and over again.
I thought of the Christmas Day we spent going to South Georgia for a family funeral for a cousin so distant that I didn’t know him, had taken the greatest gift that God gives to us, his own life.
I remembered working for John Deere, making eighty-six dollars a week which I proudly used to buy an aluminum Christmas Tree with a revolving light, which made its silver branches twinkle with beautiful colors, red, blue, gold, and green, a Barbie doll for my sister and a basketball for my brother.
There were many Christmas seasons that I helped put together musical programs, excellent dramatic productions and fun banquets…
those days are all gone but what is left is the real joy of knowing that Jesus did actually come to this earth to become our Savior. He actually gave His life twice, didn’t He? Once when He left the majesty of heaven to come to this earth, and then on the cross, which was His path back to the Father, as He became the supreme sacrifice for us.
As I think about the Christmas Carols, and Orchestra concerts, family get-togethers, friends who have died, and some who are just too far away, I enjoy the memories.
I miss many things about the “old days” but now I have my daughter who is an administrator at a Christian school, and she has a wonderful husband who works as an accountant in an Atlanta law firm, a talented twenty-year-old son who is furthering his education while working as an assistant band teacher at the Christian high-school, and a daughter who is doing well in the workplace as a dental assistant and is married to a good man who serves the community as a policeman. I also have a son, who is a successful Chiropractor and his beautiful wife and two-year-old twin sons!
I am very grateful.
My hope is that I will be able to make their Christmas as special as the ones I remember from so long ago.
Luke 2:6-14 While they were there, she gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the inn. There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.” At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.