10th gift of Christmas

MERCY – The 10 Christmas Gift 

Luke 15:10 …But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy!

Mercy may seem plain and ordinary, to the outside observer; but to the one who receives it Mercy is the most astonishingly beautiful thing on earth!

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Mercy Is –

A life-saving pint of blood from a stranger

A handful of tissues when our tears start to flow

A silent embrace when our world fell apart

The light at the door when we come home after dark

A kiss of acceptance from someone we’ve hurt

A check in the mail when we’ve been out of work

Angel songs in the night when we’re out in the field

And a Babe in the manger who’s the Savior of the world!

One Christmas Amazed

One Christmas Amazed

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There’s a Christmas for Santa

And a Christmas for Elves

And a Christmas for stores

That are filling their shelves

There’s Christmas on TV

And for fresh falling snow

And trees decorated with lights that can glow

But in the midst of the ruckus that is filling our lanes

Is there room for the Child

Who gave Christmas its name?

 

Is there space at our table for a forgotten lost son?

Is there a place on our lists for someone with no home?

Is there hope in our hearts for the broken and shamed?

Or are we too busy to remember their names?

 

As you put up your tree then on top place the star

That remembers the kings who came from so far

Who knelt and rejoiced back in old Bethlehem

As they opened their gifts in their worship for Him

Take a moment to pray with a heart full of praise

For on Christmas was born God’s true grace that amazed

Poem One Christmas Amazed  by Peter Caligiuri 2016

Holiday Devotional Guide

If you interested in a devotional guide for the holidays, “40 Day Journey to Christmas” provides you with a series of short reading coupled with photographs. “Journey to Christmas is available now in e-book format on Amazon. You can follow the link below or search for it by title on Amazon. I pray that this book will be a blessing and will brighten the lives of its readers.

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A 40 Day Journey to Christmas

Christmas long ago

Family Christmas 2011 005 The year was 1974 and we had been married just a little over a year. We had a small baby and a tiny 3rd floor apartment. Yes I had a job but we had not a dollar to spare. There was no Christmas tree, there were no presents. We had no special meal prepared and no plans. As I finished my work on Christmas eve after my normal work-day I received my pay envelope and to my surprise along with my check there a $50 bill inside as a bonus. In those days that was nearly equal to a week’s pay! I could hardly believe my eyes as I looked up and thanked my boss! I couldn’t wait to get home to show my wife!

After a quick meal we packed our little boy into the back of the car and headed out to the downtown to see what might still be open to buy some things for Christmas. In an open lot we found one of the last trees left from the season. It was tiny and scrawny but at five dollars we happily handed the man our money and tied it on top of the car. Then we headed to Woolworth’s and found single bulbs from boxes that had been opened for just 10 cents apiece. I have no idea what gifts we purchased, but when we returned home after the last store locked its doors we had real fun in celebrating. It wasn’t at all about comparing our lights to the neighbors or about large expensive gifts. We were entirely content in the knowledge that God had been watching and given us a special Christmas blessing. It was a moment I will savor forever and look back on as our most Merry Christmas of all.

Things may seem out of control, bleak and hard, yet in the smallest things God comes to remind us again each Christmas that Jesus came to be with us. He didn’t come to Bethlehem to be coddled and spoiled but to live out a simple life of grace and to give His life for ours. Merry Christmas to all. God bless and keep you all through the year ahead!

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23

Top Ten reasons why I like Jesus better than Santa!

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Top Ten Reasons why I like Jesus better than Santa !

10)  I can talk to Jesus every day but I can only write letters to Santa at Christmas…

9)  Santa has His throne at the Mall, but Jesus came to the stable in Bethlehem!

8) Santa’s keeps his helpers busy at the North Pole, but Jesus sends an angel to watch over me!

7) When I’ve been naughty Jesus came to forgive my sins, but, Santa just leaves me a lump of coal!

6) Santa is always checking His list, but Jesus already knows who is on it!

5) Santa needs to come down the chimney, but Jesus can walk through walls!

4) Santa needs His reindeer to get around, but Jesus walks on the wings of the wind!

3) Santa is hiding at the North Pole, but God sent His star to lead wise men to Jesus!

2) Santa shows up once a year, but Jesus promised He would never leave!!

1) Santa gives us exactly what we ask for, but Jesus gave His life – which is more than we could imagine!