I mentioned how I remembered always Pat Boone singing this (On TV I think) but I haven’t heard it for over 40 years. Here is a good remastered version though I wish they did something with a slide show for that (Maybe I will try that for a Christmas project next year) He sings so effortlessly and his notes flow as smoothly as butter. I always wished I could sound like that but we each have our own gifts. Blessings and Merry Christmas!
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11th Gift – Star of Bethlehem
When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy Matthew 2:10
The star shone brighter and brighter as the wise men followed it to Bethlehem. They may have paused just over the horizon from Bethlehem, and given thanks for God’s guidance all through their long journey.
As our own 40 day journey to Christmas draws near its end we need to remember all the many times, on our darkest nights that God sent His star. He sends the star to help us know the Savior was born. He sent the star to guide our path to Him. He sent the star to light our way. He sent His star to come and stand over the place where we can come and present our gifts to Him and worship. Thank God for His amazing gift that leads us to Jesus Christ, the bright and morning star!
Eighth Gift of Christmas – Rest
In all the hurry towards Christmas, it is easy for us to forget to rest for a moment at the manger. But He patiently lingered the unhurried nine months in the waiting room of Mary’s womb. Shepherds were the first to know as they rested with their flocks. Then Jesus was born and quietly grew up in the tiny village of Nazareth. He didn’t burst forth with proclamations of greatness but rather in the back of Joseph’s carpenter shop. He had brothers and sisters with whom He had to share a straw mattress on the floor and what simple meals were put before them. Never do we hear of a complaint, or detect an attitude of frustration. Jesus simply waited for the day when His work would begin and rested in the place where God had placed Him. It was there in Nazareth that He learned to give thanks for bread and fish. In the ordinary circumstances of His quiet life He learned how to wash feet, celebrate weddings and how to handle wood and nails. The same God who in Christ rested in the boat in the storm has also invited us to come and rest our souls in Him!
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls Matthew 11:29
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!
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!
Ninth Christmas Gift – Living Water
If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water John 4:10
I know of a hidden waterfall that is not far from the main road but it can only be glimpsed in the winter because of the dense forest all around. It flows like Niagara Falls in the spring, but even in the driest months it never stops.
That is the picture which Jesus calls up when He talks about the gift of living water. Living water springs from a well that can never be run dry. It gives its refreshing pure water at every season of our lives. We will never come to its banks without finding the water that flows from the well of Bethlehem. Though we may think we already have everything we need, Jesus comes and urges us to ask for His gift. He is often more ready to give than we are prepared to receive. But if we will listen closely like the Samaritan woman, we will also know the joy that can make us leave our cookie cutter answers behind and go on our way with joy! Because God’s waterfall never changes but its water is fresh and new every moment!
Seventh Gift of Christmas – Grace
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
If Jesus came as a barefoot child to your home would he be welcomed in? If He knocked at your door would He be considered a stranger? If He asked for your time would he be treated as an honored guest? If He was rejected by your neighbors would He be defended as a part of your family?
The good news of Immanuel (God with us) is that Jesus passes through our little world every day in all these hidden ways. If we want to know the riches of the gift of His grace, what better way than to give it away?