****If any of these words make a bit of sense or bless you whatsoever, I lift praise to the Heavenly Father, who graciously allowed me to participate! To GOD be the GLORY!! B
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David:
33 And He shall reign over the House of Jacob forever; and of His Kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Over the years, I have received some really nice Christmas gifts. It is so special to open up a present and see something that clearly indicated the giver thought about you specifically when selecting it.
What I enjoy doing may seem “old fashioned” or even obsolete in some circles; rummaging through the stores, looking for something I think the receiver will enjoy. I like to know people well enough to understand the things they like or something they may want but will not buy for themselves.
Yesterday, I was thinking about this devotional, this came to mind: When asked what my favorite Christmas gift of all time was, my own answer disappointed me. I closed my eyes and actually THOUGHT about it! Never mind something being a “Sunday school answer”, my first response naturally should have been “Jesus”! After considering the question, that FINALLY came to mind, hours after the fact! Our Lord and Savior, the Incarnate King of kings was an Afterthought!
One very special memory I have is of my mom, staying up past midnight, baking goodies for friends. The next day, we delivered them to each house and packaging others to mail to relatives in Tennessee. We hauled those to the post office, trying not to rattle the boxes too much so my cousins wouldn’t open a box of crumbs!
As I mentioned in a devotion earlier, I hope the presents you choose are well-received, in good condition, right size and color. May we delight in sharing and enjoy those things we receive; but let us most appreciate the AMAZING gift of the Christ Child! He is truly the “Gift that keeps on giving”!
How Wonderful You Are
There is no one like You!
It is beyond our imagination to realize how
A Babe, wrapped in swaddling cloth
In a Manger
Could be the Savior of all mankind
But He Was!
How He could live a sinless and perfect life
As all God and all Man
But He DID!
Why would He go to prepare a place for us?
But He IS!
It is unfathomable that He would come back to take us Home with Him for eternity
But He WILL!
Your Promises, Abba, Father, were personified, realized, in the Person of Jesus Christ
Our language is inaccurate to express the gratitude of our heart
How do we possibly articulate appreciation for adopting us into Your Kingdom, Precious Father
We bring praise for the Holy Ghost
As yet another Gift to offer peace and comfort
Seemingly, often overlooked and taken for granted
As a Precious Member of the Godhead
Hail to God the Father
Jesus the Son
Three in One
As we close, O God, we give praise once more for the Best Christmas Gift EVER
Our Lord Jesus! Savior, Redeemer and King!
Let those who have ears hear
From those who have breath, proclaiming
Jesus is Lord!
Through Christ we pray,
“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” (From Charlie Brown Christmas)
“Peace on Earth”
“From the Cradle to the Cross”
“Joy to the World” (Japanese children’s choir)
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