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My First True Christmas

The Story of My First True Christmas

I recall the time that I met Jesus, the day of His birth on my first true Christmas.

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Christmas Card 2020 by Janis Cox

When did the Christmas Story take hold of me?

One Christmas Eve, we visited a different church in our small town. It was dark when we arrived at the little church.

Haliburton United Church — personal photo

Stained glass windows adorned the walls. We walked in through the narthex at the back of the church.

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At the front of Haliburton United church. Personal photo.

A buzz of voices greeted us as we entered. A lovely small woman met us at the door and welcomed us to the Christmas Eve service. We found a seat.

A few people said hello but I will never forget the smile on that lovely woman’s face when she said, “Hello, my name is Eleanor.”

We sang Christmas carols and then it was time for the message. The minister rose and walked to the podium.

Then something happened.

My ears were opened that night. I don’t know what he said exactly but he explained the Incarnation in a way that I had never heard. I was a believer at the time. I had been baptized.

But I didn’t understand that:

God came down to earth. He lived here. He walked among us. He was God incarnate.

That hit me deeply. God loved me so much that He left heaven and the heavenly connection He was used to, to come to His people. To rescue them and me.

From that night on, Christmas Eve has never been the same.

I have taken the place of each character that night.

Mary as she birthed her baby (I felt that one).
Joseph as he admired his new child. (I’ve seen that in my husband’s eyes.)
The Shepherds who were astounded, filled with fear but told not to be afraid (how many times have I felt that?)
The Angel — proclaiming the Good News. (When I sing Christmas songs about the Angels, I am carried to the heavens.)
I have even put myself in the spot of Jesus (I was a baby once).

So much happened that night.

From the star in the sky to the shepherds’ arrival, the Incarnation is the most wonderful story of all. And my true first Christmas began.

May I pray for you and me?

Father, thank You for sending Jesus to live on earth, to teach us, to comfort and heal us, to take our sins upon Himself and reconnect us to the Father. We are grateful and happy for knowing Jesus. In His name, we pray. Amen.

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John 1:14

Creative Tuesdays – How to give the impressions of stained glass using watercolour batik?

Creative Tuesdays – How to give the impression of stained glass using watercolour batik?

Michael is back from Creative Tuesdays – with a challenge of stained glass. I decided to try a watercolour batik version.

I haven’t done a watercolour batik for a number of months (6?). So here is my Creative Tuesday’s submission for stained glass – Shatter the Glass Ceiling.

John 1:14

Watercolour Batik given to my hubby December 25, 2015.

John 1:14

The Word became flesh and He made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only Son, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

As I repeat this verse over and over and try to get it into my memory banks, I think of the amazing coming down of Jesus.

Here is a video, Song of Hope, God of Heaven come down.

It reminds me that our God of heaven came down – in the form of a baby. Jesus – human and divine. Awesome to know. The Incarnation. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.

Songwriters
Daniel Garth Hamilton;Tedd Tjornhom;Robert Earl Seay;Chase Jenkins;Ryan Owens;Taylor Scott Johnson

Read more: Robbie Seay Band – Song Of Hope (Heaven Come Down) Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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Christmas is over but the New Year begins. As one character in the movie War Room asked, “Are you going to be lukewarm, cold or hot for God?”

I want to be on fire for HIm.

Join me as we study His Word together and build a strong group of Jesus followers.

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A stained glass look using watercolour batik for John 1:14 (tweet this).

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Stillness- Psalm 36:9

Sunday Stillness- Psalm 36:9

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As we get nearer to Christmas I am getting excited. Excited to see my family. We have been wintering here in Arizona since October and I need those hugs from my children and grandchildren. That has what has been on my mind for the past week. The urge is strong. I can’t seem to stop it.

I believe that is what God feels like for His children. That urge is very strong. Our Creator is compelled to reach us. So compelled that He sent His Only Son to come to earth, to reveal Himself in the flesh for us. The Incarnation. Wow. I know somewhat of how He feels.

Revealing Himself took effort, planning and pain. But His love is that much. He cares for us that much.

God knew the result of His efforts. He knew what pain would be endured but He did it anyway. God loves us that much.

We only know something of this love. Our love for our family and friends, our human love, is only that – human love. God’s love is divine. Divine Love – is all encompassing. God goes to battle over us. God wants us.

Do you see that? Do you see how much God loves you?

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God’s love is so strong, He was compelled to come to earth to show Himself to us.

God’s love is so strong, He sent Jesus as a Babe to live among us; to die for us; to bring us home.

Today is Sunday Stillness.

Today you can reach for the “Fountain of life” that has been given to us through Jesus. Will you reach out today? Will you question Jesus? Will you ask Him to show Himself to you? That’s all it takes.

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Blessings,

Janis

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