Thursday, December 14, 2017

2017 Christmas Music Marathon - Day 21

Once the tree is up and the house is decorated for Christmas, we get our shopping done, we look at our schedule and see when family will be in town and what day(s) they will visit us, then do the grocery shopping so that everyone's favorite food will appear on the table during the holiday celebration. There is mostly a renewed happiness among people everywhere during the Christmas season. It is as if "Joy Has Dawned". Well, it a manger in Bethlehem. Have a blessed day.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2017 Christmas Music Marathon - Day 20

The Christmas Story is both simple and complicated. One thing that becomes clear to us is that Christ is the Son of God and He came to save humanity from their sin. Salvation is available to everyone who calls on Jesus. Take a look at the story and see the call of Christmas. Christ was born in a manger to parents who could not find a room for the night. He was not born in a palace and heir to any throne on this earth. He was already heir to eternity. Among the first to be told the good news were shepherds in nearby fields. Shepherds were hard working men and their job was not what most young men aspired to. Again, there was not a palace of nobles awaiting His arrival. He grew up among the citizens as a carpenter. He did not live a life of luxury awaiting His turn to rule over peasants. The whole story of Christ tells us that salvation is not exclusive to the rich, famous, well educated, or purchased by those who can afford to pay the price. Eternal life is available to everyone, regardless of their place in this life. The call of Christmas is a call to faith. Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Music Marathon - Day 19

 In virtually every country, in every age, when an heir to the throne is born, there is great celebration. When the King of kings was born there was great celebration in heaven but not everyone on earth received their King with open arms. The heavens rejoiced, the angels sang, but here on earth Christ was seen as a threat by some rulers and nothing more than another poor Nazarine born in Bethlehem. But, He was not like any other child and He grew to become not like any other man. Jesus was God's only Son and salvation can only come when we receive our king. Have a blessed day.

Monday, December 11, 2017

2017 Christmas Music Marathon - Day 18

All of us look forward to good news. Last Thursday I got some very good news. Back in October I had a bit of an accident and my camera along with my favorite lens took a tumble and broke both pieces of equipment. I sent them in to the manufacturers and got an estimate on the repairs. That process took a couple of weeks. After I approved the expenses, it took another three weeks to get the equipment fixed and returned to me. Most of the images you have seen in this year's marathon have been taken with my phone, a borrowed camera or a few are reprints from previous marathons. The image above is the first published image with MY camera back from the camera hospital. It's like an old friend returning after being apart for a very long time. Believe me, being without my camera for five or six weeks is an eternity. My camera and lens are back, and just in time for Christmas. Happy days are here again. I could boogie, but I'm sure I'd break something else.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

2017 Christmas Music Marathon - Day 17

I love this Santa cookie jar. It is a joyful creation and there is the promise of good things inside that are to be shared with others. Christmas is a special season. It is a joyful time of year with the promise of the Good News that is to be shared with everyone and the gift of eternal life made available to all.  That's Christmas to me. Have a blessed day.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

2017 Christmas Music Marathon - Day 16

Have you ever spent time just gazing at the ornaments on a tree and pondered the story of Christmas?
What questions come to mind when you read the account of the birth of our Savior? There are a couple of songs that consider what thoughts went through Joseph's mind as Mary carried the Son of God in her womb, and what questions did he have about being the earthly father of Christ. I wonder indeed.
After all, it seemed like a strange way to save the world but God tells us that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways. Thank you Lord for your infinite grace.

Friday, December 8, 2017

2017 Christmas Music Marathon - Day 15

Of all the traditions that our family enjoys at Christmas, our favorite is probably the Christmas Eve worship service. We have lived in three states and been members of several congregations over the years, but each one has had special Christmas Eve services. Some have celebrated the Lord's Supper, others have had musical presentations, and a few have told the story of the birth of the Savior. All have served to allow us to stop and focus on the true meaning of Christmas. The birth of Christ is the single most important event in human history. May your family know the joy that can only come from knowing the Savior.