Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas Eve

Hey! Long time, no type. I have been busy with family and preparing food for get-togethers and such. I was going to post something yesterday and call it "Merry Christmas Eve Eve", but I didn't. I have found myself (yet again) rushing around and leaving the Christ Child in that dirty feeding trough instead of picking Him up and holding Him as I should. Funny how we have made much out of the commercialism of Christmas and little out of the Jesus Who is the reason for Christmas. We sheep are easy to be led astray. I am sure we all have much to do today - lots of food to prepare, maybe some presents to wrap (although I hope not for your sake), and family to greet, but I pray that in all the hustle and bustle we will keep in our hearts the awareness of how our lives were changed when that little Baby was born. Jesus the man, taught and healed and died for our sins, but first He had to come to us as Jesus the baby. If not for the Baby Jesus, we would have no hope and no future.

Luke 2:15 - 19



"And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart".



In that verse, 'haste' means "to desire earnestly" and the word find translates "to find by searching". I pray that we desire Him earnestly and find Him by searching everyday in the coming year.

Merry Christmas to all my blogging friends! I hope you guys eat lots of good food and have lots of fun with your families. I hope the wrapping paper is piled high at your house tomorrow morning. I hope the kids love the toys you bought them AND the boxes they came in. I pray that you and your children are filled with joy, but most of all I pray that we all remember Whose birthday it really is.

7 comments:

Fran said...

Merry Christmas Bethanne! I am truly thrilled that I found your blog these last few months! You made me laugh, you made me smile, you got into my heart and caused my mind to think. I thank you for that.

I too hope that today and tomorrow are filled with Jesus, joy and His love. Merry Christmas to your darling family. And, maybe a prayer of patience would be good too! :)

Love,
Fran

I'm Tara. said...

Merry Christmas, my friend. I hope that you are smack dab (I'm trying out some southernese on ya) in the middle of a Christ-centered holiday with your family. I just wanted to quickly thank you for your sweet holiday wishes. Unfortunately, I've spent the week cleaning up kid throw up, have one with strep and woke this morning to the runs for myself. Ho, Ho, Ho! *sigh* Oh well - doesn't change the blessing of that glorious reason for the season, and I'm quite sure that Mary still was a bit worse off than me. :)

Still - it stinks to miss the fun, festivities and all that FOOD - though at this point I've not had good luck with just water so it doesn't sound goot at the moment.

Love and hugs -- and I too wish we were neighbors!!

Merry Christmas. I'm blessed to call you my friend.

Steve said...

Merry Christmas Eve, Dearest Sister!!

Jennifer Partin said...

Merry Christmas to you too, Bethanne!

Earen said...

Merry Christmas friend..a day late! I hope you had a wonderful day. I just wanted to know what a blessing you & your blog have been to me. I'm so blessed to have met you & be apart of your sweet spirit for the Lord. Enjoy!

Kelly S. said...

Merry Christmas BethAnne-

Please pray for my family we are all very sick. (Strep/pneumonia) My nine year old started Sat, and everybody else got it yesterday. We are all on antibiotics and will hopefully be better by the weekend.

Thanks and will "e-talk to you soon!
Kelly

BethAnne said...

Kelly,
I am so sorry your family was sick during Christmas........you really need to get a blog, so I can communicate with you faster! hahahahaa