Originally posted on keithgarrettpoetry: A PICTURE OF CHRISTMAS Trees of white standing under the falling snow, Sleigh rides through the woods, just you and I. Roasted chestnuts and a sip of rum in the night, A log on the fire and music so fine. Listen to the church bells as they ring in the sky,…

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Surprise Packaging

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The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of deep darkness, On them had light shone; For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish it and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.   Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

There are some people who have a real gift when it comes to gift wrapping, and they can use any type of box to gift wrap anything. Do you ever judge from the outside of something gift wrap and try to figure what may be inside, and depends on the size of the package will determine if you will like it or not?

The children of Israel were anticipating the coming of the Messiah, and they had a certain image in their minds. They were awaiting the arrival of a military leader who would show up on the scene with a lot of fanfare. They were expecting someone who would demand attention and respect by his very presence. Can you imagine their confusion when the Christ child made His humble entrance into the world?

From the very beginning Christmas had been about precious gifts in unexpected packaging. The Son of God entered our world clothes in the flesh of an infant. God’s plan to redeem and restore His people began with a newborn’s cry. It was the ultimate surprise gift.

Scripture is full of God’s choosing to wrap gifts in mysterious ways. From the heart of a king hidden inside of a shepherd boy to the Messiah in a manger to angels disguised as strangers, He is full of beautiful surprises. Let’s not miss a single one of them! It’s so easy to get caught up in appearances. We make snap judgments about people, about events in our lives, about the reason why something seems to have happened. But when we do that, we can miss out on the best gifts. That grouchy neighbor could end up being a lifesaver, that loss of a job could be an opening to a new path. Let’s ask God to open our eyes to the beautiful surprises that are all around us.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends


Slow Down and Light the Candles — Success Inspirers’ World

My childhood and young adult years were informative times in the Lutheran church. But, as strong as my family’s practice was in this religious conviction, I cannot remember a time we celebrated Advent. Christmas always revolved around being good for Santa or decorating a tree and our home, or other festive activities. Never once did […]

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The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and they will call him Emmanuel (which means “God with us”)       Matthew 1:23 

Jesus is Emmanuel-God with you at all times. This promise provides a solid foundation for your Joy. Many people try to pin their pleasure to temporary things, but Jesus presence with you is eternal. Rejoice greatly, beloved, knowing that your Savior will never leave you or forsake you. 

The nature of time can make it difficult for you to enjoy your life. On rare days when everything is going well, your awareness that the ideal conditions are fleeting can dampen your enjoyment of them. Even the most delightful vacation must eventually come to an end. Seasons of life also come and go, despite your longing at times to “stop the clock” and keep things just are they are.

Do not look down on temporary pleasures, but do recognize their limitations-their inability to quench the thirst of your soul. Your searching for lasting joy will fail unless you make Jesus the ultimate goal of your quest. He will show you the way of life, and His presence is fullness of pure joy.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends


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Mary, Did You Know?

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In the six month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever, his kingdom will never end. How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be called, the Son of God. Even Elizabeth you relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For not word from God will ever fail. I am the Lord’s servant, Mary answered, May your word to me be fulfilled, Then the angel left her.                      Luke 1:26-37

For many years people always wondered about the image of God. Societies have speculated and many us of have a variety of conclusions: God is somewhere up in the sky, he is a God who does care about us down here on earth. We fancied God as ferocious, magical, fickle, and maniacal. A god to be avoided, dreaded and appeased. But never in mankind’s wildest imaginings did we consider that God would enter the world as a human. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14) The Word became not a whirlwind or a devouring fire but a single cell, a fertilized egg, a baby. His tiny heart divided into chambers. God became flesh. 

Jesus entered our world not like a human but as a human. He endured puberty, pimples, hot weather, and cranky neighbors. Did you ever think Mary what were your feelings when you heard the news from the Angel of God. All alone in someways other than Joseph when it came time to deliverer your newborn baby. Did you know the one you deliver that night so long ago, came also to deliver you. Did you know that he would do many miracles, heal the sick, cure the lame, heal the blind, raise the dead, walk on water. When you kiss your newborn baby Mary, you kiss the face of God! Mary did you know?

Why did God so far? He wants you to know that he gets you. He understands how you feel and has face what you face. He’s been through weakness, and testing, experienced it all all but the sin. Since you know now that Jesus understands you, you can boldly go to him. Because of Bethlehem’s miracle, you can answer these fundamental questions: Does God if I’m sad? yes he does, does God understands my pain, Yes he does, Does God cares how lonely I am, Yes He does, and our list goes on.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends




It’s A Christmas Sing-A-Long! — Success Inspirers’ World

My friends, today, we are warming up the vocal chords and putting on our thinking caps. This is a challenge, of sorts, to discover how well you know Christmas music! Please listen carefully to the three songs below: Can you label which of these tunes are a Christmas carol, a hymn or a Christmas song? […]

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