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12.19.2016

The Spirit of Christmas ~ Thoughts and Giveaway


The Spirit of Christmas 

Over the years Christmas has changed as evidenced by the songs 
that we sing and have sung through the years. Is Christmas still the 
happiest time of the year? Do strangers go out of their way to smile 
at the passerby?

Christmas has been caught up in the rush to get through our to do lists,
our to buy lists, and our end of the year lists. But Christmas doesn't have 
to be a struggle and a stress. When we look to what we consider the first
Christmas we see it was a simple stable with animals and bedding. There
were no grand gifts or grand visitors. The only ones to celebrate the night 
of Christ's birth were simple shepherds who left their fields in the clothes 
that they were wearing, they didn't stop to get the most fashionable look of
the day. They celebrated a special event in the quiet of the night, surrounded 
by the sounds and smells of animals.

The simplicity of the season is what I love.  A lighted candle, the beauty of song
and the remembrance that a child's birth was about to change the world forever.
But the manger, most likely crafted from roughened wood, was but the first step to 
the cross, which was also crafted from roughened wood. 

Faith is what makes the season come alive.
It isn't about getting.
It is about receiving 
the greatest gift 
of  all.
Life 
with
God.

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HILLSONG – LET HOPE RISE and  GREATER release to DVD on Tuesday, December 20th.
And the producers would love to be able to share these with you.

Please leave a comment below saying what Christmas means to you or share a favorite memory.
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