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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A GREAT CHRISTMAS EVE

I love Christmas Eve!  It is my birthday and my parents were intent on making it a special day rather than coupling it with the Christmas celebrations.  

I always felt that Jesus and I had a connection that only people with birthdays on Christmas day or eve could enjoy.  I know, it was child's play, but thanks to my mom and dad, my birthday was special.


Candlelight services at our church on Christmas eve was beautiful.  Candles were placed all around the railing of the balcony in the sanctuary as well as on the ends of the pews, across the podium, in windowsills and every flat surface that would be safe with a burning candle on it.  

The lights were dimmed, the pipe organ along with the lit candles greeted us as we entered to the hymn "Oh Come All  Ye Faithful,"  The service was short, telling the story of Joseph, Mary and the birth of the Son of God who willingly left God's side to come to earth and be killed thirty three years later. 

God loved the world (us) so much that he gave his only son (Christ) to die a horribly painful death on the cross and then to defeat death through the resurrection and live again. Whoever believes in Him has everlasting life.  That, my friends is why Christ is the first part of the name Christmas.  

May God bless you abundantly today, tomorrow and forever.




30 comments:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! My birthday is Jan 4 - not quite so close to Christmas as yours but still pretty close. And Merry Christmas to you as we celebrate the gift of love that we can all embrace.

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    1. Thanks Donna! I love your description of Christ....

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  2. Happy Birthday, my friend. I think it's wonderful to be able to celebrate your birthday with the Son of God. Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas this year. See you in 2014. Can you believe that? Merry Merry Christmas.

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    1. Can I believe 2014? Nope! Thank you for your birthday wishes.

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  3. Happy birthday, Nan, and happy birthday, Jesus!

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  4. Happy birthday to you and Merry Christmas too!!

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    1. Thanks Sue! And it is almost Happy new year....

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  5. Merry Christmas to you and yours! and All the Best in 2014!

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    1. Thank you Randy. 2014, .... don't you wonder what is in store for us in the next 12 months. ..... I wonder....

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  6. Happy Birthday and a Merry Christmas to you.

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  7. Happy Birthday, Nan! It sure sounded like wonderful birthday evening.

    Merry Christmas!!

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    1. Thank you. It was a great birthday day and evening. I am blessed.

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  8. A very happy birthday my dear friend. You get to celebrate with the King!

    Wishing you a very merry and blessed Christmas.

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  9. Amen! Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing the reason for the season!

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    1. You are so welcome. I may not be politically correct, but I am a child of the King...and HE...rules my actions.

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  10. Happy Birthday Nan!
    What wonderful memories...

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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    1. Thank you. I feel so blessed to have such great memories. Many children out there are not living the childhood that will provide good memories and my heart aches for them.

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    1. A double thank you for your double wishes.

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  12. Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday ... you're the second person in as many days that share a Christmas Eve birthday with my mom and sister.

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    1. Wow, your mom and sister .... how nice to share your birthday with your mom or daughter...and then....top it off with Christ!

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  13. Happy Birthday and a Merry Christmas

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  14. Happy Birthday! You were a very special Christmas present to your parents. :c)

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    1. Thank you. But I wonder if my parents thought I was a good present after a few years. I was a bit hyper active, and mighty hard to keep up with....very strong willed. There were times that only Jesus could have loved this imp.

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  15. Happy birthday.... We have a New Year's even day but your the first for my Christmas eve list. May you be blessed in all that life has to offer! C

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  16. Thanks you Cj...a wonderful blessing....

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