Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Christmas Message from Dad

I was driving in the snow blizzard last Saturday and passed a sign advertising a play called "The Journey to Bethlehem." What a great play to put on during this blessed holiday season. However, plastered across the sign was a ratty-looking piece of wet cardboard with the word "Cancelled" written on it. My wife and I had a good chuckle for two reasons... 1. They misspelled "Canceled" in their hast to erect the cardboard sign (Not that I'm the world's best speller) and 2. What will we do if Mary and Joseph fail to take the "Journey to Bethlehem?"

Without "The Journey", our Savior and Lord Jesus wouldn't be rejected at the inn and born in a lowly manger surrounded by stock animals and angels as we've all been told in the Christmas Story hundreds of times during our lives.

The shepherds in the fields keeping watch would never have seen the star shining bright in the East. The Three Wise Men wouldn't have seemed so wise just wandering aimlessly through the dessert looking for the tell-tailed sign of the coming of the Messiah!

The foretold story of Jesus' birth was shared by prophets many, many years prior to the coming of our Lord. Would a snow blizzard have ever prevented this blessed event? I would say, "Absolutely Not!

I ask that we all stop for a moment to remember our men and women in uniform who are abroad helping to stop the threat of terrorism throughout the world. Families and young children will be celebrating this 2009 Christmas without their moms, dads, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and close friends overseas in far away lands hoping to bring peace and freedom to all mankind.

Many US veterans throughout our country's history have sacrificed their time, energy, and even the ultimate sacrifice of death for freedom throughout the world.

I am sure the folks of Nazi wore-torn Europe who are still with us understand the sacrifice that these men and women gave to free them from those terrible years of oppression, hatred, and death.

All my bloggers are in my prayers each and every day!

May you and yours have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!