Dear Ones,
A blessed Christmas day to each of you and may you keep Christmas well. We had a wonderful  time of celebration yesterday with Ann’s family at the lake and saw how much they have done on the house. We had a delicious dinner of leg of lamb plus so many side dishes. We opened gifts and visited and got home in time for Christmas Eve candle light service. Today Al and I are going to have a steak dinner, time to reflect, a brisk walk, and watch the Vikings win, we hope.Emoji
Devotions from Judy’s heart
As Christmas Day is here my heart is full of gratitude that Jesus would leave His heavenly dwelling to come as a helpless baby born in a cold dirty stable It is hard to imagine and wrap our minds around that and yet He did. Perhaps this year we have had more time to contemplate the greatness of this gift for we have not been rushing to get to Christmas parties and programs since most of them have been canceled. Christmas baking is at an all time low as there are so few celebrations. But just maybe Christmas will mean more than ever and we can grasp more of its real significance. Life seems to be more simple now and we can take time to savor Christmas cards and calls and listen to the carols. I didn’t have to make dozens of sweet rolls for the relative gathering or little gifts for each family but remember the best Gift ever given. When Jesus was born the world then was not a peaceful place just as our world today. But we are not without hope for that Baby grew up and defeated the powers of sin and death and is now preparing a place for all who believe in Him. Like the shepherds who worshiped Him and gave praise, we rejoice and humbly bow before Him and say as the angel choir in Luke 2:11 (The Message), “Glory to God in the Heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please Him.” He is so worthy of our praise and one day everyone will bow before Him, as it says in Phil 2:9-10 (God’s Word), “This is why God has given Him an exceptional honor—the name above all other names—So that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will kneel and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” He is at this time preparing a place for all of us who believe and no matter what goes on around us, we are people of hope for He is coming again. On this Christmas day may we prepare room for Him in our hearts, spend silent time in His presence, acknowledge the wondrous gifts He has given, and go tell others that Jesus Christ is born!