Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Time

Oh my, what an oxymoron! Christmas time is a time when everyone is supposed to celebrate the birth of our LORD and Saviour, yet behind the scenes there is much work to be done. Yes, the cooking, the shopping, the cleaning of the clothes to wear to Church, the tree and decorating, and the blogging. A new phenomenon!

I have tackled most of it. It's the blogging time I have a hard time finding. The only thing I want to really say in this post is Merry Christmas to all of readers, friends, family, and people I've yet to meet. God bless your efforts and you.

For those of you who are not Christians yet for whatever reason, to you I pray for peace in your heart. Peace that will allow you to allow me my LORD and my love for Him. You do not have to agree with me, but do not deny me. I won't stand for it. Just as I won't stand for anyone trying to force religion on you. Fair is fair.

I pray for all our troops who have served, are serving, and will serve our blessed country. May God continue to protect, guide, strengthen, love and grant them success in each mission. May He also make it possible for them to enjoy this day as best they can.

Please remember their families and other loved ones who are still here while they are yet thousands of miles away. Pray for them so that the distance will not be so hard to bear. They deserve so much gratitude and appreciation, but they also deserve our true support.

Please try to get to a Veteran's Hospital today. They sometimes have no visitors, and today would be a great day to show up. Imagine that. All that is necessary is showing up. Wow. That is also that is necessary to bring a smile to someone who gave of themselves so that we may remain free. Protectors of Liberty. As Jesus came to offer us life eternal, a way to wash away our sins, these men and women protect us in their own way.

Am I comparing them to the Christ? No. Jesus came to grant life eternal to all those who would accept Him into their hearts and repent of their sins. He promises to wash them white as snow as far as their sins go, but I am saying that these men and women are taking a chance of laying down their lives for us as well. The one life they have while here on earth. I just happen to believe that is pretty awesome. I love our LORD. I love our military, also. May God bless them and you this Christmay day.

Oh my! Where did the time go? I must conclude with this:

2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.

4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14"Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace to men on

whom his favor rests
."
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Luke 2:1-20

Merry Christmas, and God bless you each and every one. I treasure you dearly. Stay safe, Morgan, and a special Merry Christmas to you. ;)

Posts I've trackbacked to at Linkfest:
CatHouse Chat: Welcome to the Carnival of Christmas, 2007 Edition - (H/t: Stop the ACLU), The Florida Masochist Gambling on Florida Is It Just Me?: Seasons Greetings, Right Truth: Merry Christmas - God's still in control even if it doesn't look that way, DragonLady's World: OTA Monday 63, Big Dog's Weblog: Vote for Hillary Get Lower Oil Prices, Chuck Adkins: Special Announcement, third world county: Who Is He in Yonder Stall?, The World According to Carl: The Bear Tree, Blue Star Chronicles: Beer Monday: That Old Do Something Congress, Pirate's Cove Beer Monday: That Old Do Something Congress, Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker: Oh! Tannenbaum, Stageleft: Open Trackbacks Comments - The Hang-Him-High Edition, and Right Voices: It's Christmas Eve and I Have Much To Be Thankful For, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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Trackbacks to this post (most recent tb listed first):
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11. Blue Star Chronicles: The Assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
10. Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker: 2007 Tropical Season Wrap-Up.
9. THE MIDNIGHT SUN: AMERICA: WHY HALF THE WORLD WANTS TO MOVE THERE.
8. Mark My Words: Benazir Bhutto is now a martyr.
7. Adam's Blog: Understanding Evil.
6. Planck's Constant: Chad tells world they are against Slavery.
5. 123beta: Good Stuff Wednesday.
4. Faultline USA: Blogburst for Fred Thompson.
3. Adam's Blog: The Christmas Story Podcast.
2. Right Truth: The difference in life as you dream it and life as it is.
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