Thursday, December 24, 2009

My Favorite Gift

Gatherings have been planned, gifts have been purchased and wrapped, and so now is the time to sit and reflect on the real meaning of this Christmas season.

Luke, Chapter 2

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

So 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. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and 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.

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

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

When 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."

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

Jesus is far too wonderful a gift to ignore! I hope that you will take the time to see Him
(or even meet Him for the very first time) through the lights, tinsel and treats. If you would like to talk more with me about my Jesus, please email me, I'd love to talk!

Merry Christmas, Laura



I'm not a religious person by any means. I used to go to church when I was a kid with neighbors and my cousin because I thought it was fun (my cousin and her parents are Jehovah Witness' [sp? on the witness in plural btw]). I didn't care that they were or are to this day, it's irrelevant. Our dryer caught fire this morning and it was a miracle that I actually checked it before leaving my fiance sleeping while I was to walk the dog.

After all of the firemen, restoration men, and the neighbors (that helped us stay warm and board up windows) left...I really couldn't say thank you enough to who ever was up there looking over us and kept us safe. It was a complete miracle that things turned out the way they did. We lost a ton of personal items but thankfully we got ourselves and pets out of the house and that is the best gift we could have ever received.

It really puts things into perspective. We are getting married in October and trivial things light custom lighting and linens, pretty flowers and favors aren't even on my radar now. I'm just so glad we were given a second chance to truly become one with another, on our wedding day and more so today!

Sorry for such a long comment but your post was just really fitting for today. Who cares about gifts when you have LIFE and FAMILY to live for.

Merry Christmas!

Laura Webber

Oh, Ashley, what a scary day you've had! Thank you for sharing your story! There really is a BIG God who cares for you- and it looks like he's gotten your attention! And yes, I believe that your wedding day will mean that much more by surviving today!

Love, Laura


We do serve an awesome God...thanks for reminding all your faithful readers that saving is terrific but being saved is is the real gift!!


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