Friday, December 25, 2015

The Light of Christmas

Extending Love-filled Wishes for
a Blessed Christmas season to You and Yours
From all of us , 
Anneliese, Betty, Bev, Charlotte, Ellen, Judy, Julie, Kathy, Lovella, Marg, 



There are always people who want to take Christ out of Christmas,
but no one is willing to celebrate the season without lights!
My own childhood awe and delight 
gazing at the beautiful display of Christmas lights 
was the same awe and delight reflected on the faces of my grandchildren
many years later. 
I still enjoy the profusion of lights 
that decorate people's homes and front yards for the holiday season.

 Like most people, if I suddenly find myself in the dark, 
the uppermost thought in my mind is to find a light.  
We do not enjoy being in the dark.

 As lights shine best in the darkness of night .... 
so also the Light of the World came to shine in the darkness of  a sinful, needy world. 
He was the great Light - sent by God - Jesus, our Saviour

Isaiah, many years before Jesus was born as a babe in Bethlehem,
 rejoiced to see His coming .
"Arise, shine, for your light has come! 
and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. 
For behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people.. 
But the Lord will arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you !"
  Isaiah 60:1

 In a world that is increasingly dark around us,
 Jesus still comes to bring us light - 
and His comforting message was and is ... 'Fear not!'  

"I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me 
should not abide in darkness." 
John 12:46

I read a beautiful story written by Helen Grace Leisheit .  that took place shortly before Christmas in 1944. 
It was told to her by her great aunt  who grew up in Neider-Chortitza, 
a Mennonite village in the Ukraine. 
Helen is a free lance author and she gave me permission to link the story here.

Read it and be blessed !  


6 comments:

  1. And Merry Christmas to y'all! You have certainly changed and enriched my life.

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  2. Merry Christmas to all of you and may you continue to bless us with your generosity of spirit

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  3. Oh Thank you to all of you and to your families. You have been a blessing all year to me ... and I am truly blessed to glean from the talents God has give you all. Thank you for sharing. May the Lord bless your homes as you continue to share of your kitchen tips ... Thank you. Merry Christmas day two and a blessed New year in 2016. karen pecota

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  4. Thank you once again Julie for sharing your post and the story linked. An incredible way of God taking care of his people years back. And we can still trust him today.

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  5. Hoping you ALL had a most wonderful Christmas and bless each and every one of you amazing ladies! Happy New Year too!

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