Thursday, December 25, 2008

It is all about Christ

For God so loved the world [Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you;] that he gave his one and only son [he is Christ the Lord.] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. [Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rest.] John 3:16 and Luke 2:11, 14.

Our Christmas day this year was quiet, but really nice. I fixed a nice breakfast and had Jason and Brandi and Kristen and Kurt over before they went to the places they had to go. Then Rickey and I watched a movie, he took a nap and I cooked the dressing and warmed the turkey. After eating we drove the pasture behind the house and saw a porcupine and watched as he climbed up an embankment, which was pretty cool. On the way back to house we watched a beautiful sunset.

We've only had one other Christmas by ourselves, but we really enjoy spending the day together. We watched John Wayne movies that day and our plan was to do the same this time. As I type, True Grit in on so I'm having trouble concentrating.

At Sunday School the question was raised "Why do we celebrate Christmas"? I have pondered that all week. I don't know if this date is the actual date Christ was born or not. And I don't know that it matters. Everyday is a celebration of what Christ did for us. Today is the day set aside to celebrate his birth and the greatest story ever told.

Jeremy said this is the worst Christmas ever, I know he wants to be with us and have his special pie baked just for him and I want him here with me to. But there is an enemy who hates us and wants to destroy us and this sweet and kind young man with the sparkling green eyes is doing his part to protect this country. He will be home again soon and if he will let me, I'll bake him that apple pie. I pray that no weapon formed against him will prosper, I pray for protection from the tips of his fingers to the end of his toes that not even a hair on his head will be harmed. I pray. Lord, that Jeremy will come home whole, physically, emotional, and mentally. I pray Father that you will guard his heart and his mind in Christ Jesus. Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen.

I am still new to writing and I am having a hard time getting my thoughts on paper, so to speak. I want so much to tell about Jesus, to write something that a person could hold on to. I have been looking around at other blogs and I am intimidated. They are so good. Witty and funny, spiritual and uplifting, they seem to know just what to write. Most seem to be writing about their day and it feels like a friend just wrote to you. Some can take a subject like their need for coffee in the morning and the best coffee she ever tried, (which, by the way, was Duncan Donuts coffee, regular roast, which I totally agree with).

I am struggling with how to write whats on my mind. I think I just have so much I want to say and to try to get the hugeness ( is that a word?) of God in word ... leaves me speechless.

But, I have one thing I do want to talk about. I have told you that Jeremy is in Iraq but I haven't mentioned that his twin sister Kristen is teaching school. Middle school science. Seriously, this is scary. I feel like I have two children on the front lines of a war. One in the military and the other in public schools. The particular town she teaches in is bad. I don't know if the "town" is bad but the kids are hopelessly lost.

They are so hurt and angry and who could blame them. Several have told her it is nothing for them to see pot and cocaine in their houses. One of the boys was in car wreck with his cousin and his cousin was killed. He was in the eight grade, driving, hello no driver's license! Then his little brother was killed a couple of weeks later and his sisters boyfriend was arrested for the blunt force trauma to the 18mth old's skull and the sister is pregnant with the boyfriend's baby!!? This is seventh and eighth graders! The truth is still the truth, I don't care how "enlightened" we are. Thirteen and fourteen year olds are still are not old enough to make adult decisions because ... they are not adults! They should not be out driving a car. They should not be use to drugs as common place in their homes.

Parents, please don't be your kids friend, be their parent. Make rules and stick with them (that's where the fun is). Oh heck, who am I talking to here, the choir! The ones I really want to read this are too busy being lazy sloth butts smoking butts!!

But you know if God can change me, he can change them too. He can, he's big enough. I know, God's big, really big. He is bigger than the troubles this family is facing or hiding from.

How, in a society that doesn't care about it's children are we going to teach the sanctity of life. The sacrifice of children to the harsh god's of convenience, ecomony, and whim happen all across this land. This applies both to babies on the ground whose parents are to busy being self-absorbed in the things they want and babies that are killed in abortion clinics.

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. Titus 3:3-7 Wow, there it is right there in scripture. The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

So we do need a change in this country. We need more Jesus. Not more welfare, we need more get off your butt and do the thing (as Beth Moore says) walk this thing out. He's coming, no doubt, time is running short, now more than ever we need to reach the lost and the hurting.

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other. John 15:12-17

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17

Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Revelation 22:12

I guess I had a lot to say about this too. See ya soon, sweet sisters.


Gail said...

Thank you for sharing your heart. I too work in a school and see the anguish, some of your thoughts are my thoughts. That is why your daughter is there, that is why I am there. We need to penetrate the secular world, not hide from it, as devastating it can be, it is what we are asked to do, we can seek where He is working and join Him. Our walk with the Lord is not an easy one, but very worthwhile!

Dawn Jenkins said...

I hadn't read the post yet and I have chills as I sit and write it. DON'T BE INITMIDATED...God has given you a voice, unique to the purpose HE had put on your life. Remember Eph 2:10 and START WRITING MY SALTY SISTER!

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