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Christmas Forever

  Anna Daisy’s poem – Christmas Forever –Causes me to wonder.  How can I put into a few words the whole of the life of Jesus? Impossible. 

     Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.  John 21:25.
     The word ‘forever’ catches my eye.  Forever – that describes Jesus.  Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever – Psalm 136:1 is so true.
     Gabriel told Mary, her Son will reign over Israel forever and never end – Luke 1:33.  In Romans 16:26-27 But now as the prophets foretold and as the eternal God has commanded, this message is made known to all Gentiles everywhere, so that they too might believe and obey him.  All glory to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, forever. Amen.
     God did not have a planner, and yet every detail of His plan for the coming of Jesus to earth was flawless.  He led people to the places and gave them the vision of His Plan. Why did Caesar Augustus decree all should be taxed when the birth of Jesus was imminent? Why did Angel Gabriel tell Mary that her relative, who had been barren would bare a son named John, the one who preached repentance and baptized Jesus?
     How can we celebrate the birth of Christ on just one day a year?  Jesus guides us through His forever love and does not end on the 26th of December and thrown out like the wrapping paper of the gifts given.  The real Gift is from God when He sent Jesus to earth to teach us how to love. Jesus is the visual representation of God incarnate.
    Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. John 14:9b-10.
    What if we were one of the shepherds who witnessed angels from Heaven announcing the birth of Jesus. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!  And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”  Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Luke 2:9-14.
     After the angels left, the shepherds didn’t take a nap – they hurried to the village and found the babe and worshiped Him. They returned to their flocks glorifying and praising God for all they had seen.
      The wise men from the eastern lands saw the star rise and traveled to Jerusalem, asking to see the newborn king of the Jews. They carried gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to give to the Baby Jesus. What if they said, that is too far, and where will we stay, and what if some evil attacks us on the way? (Matthew 2). The birth of Jesus is just a beginning.  He only lived for thirty-three years on earth, yet Jesus made an indelible and ‘forever’ mark in men’s hearts and minds during this brief time.
    It is when we listen and study His Word in the Bible, we understand the ‘forever-ness’ of God’s Plan from the beginning of time – and far beyond our short years on earth.  It is the joy of His Resurrection that gives us Hope for all the ‘forever’ we will spend with our Lord and Creator when time is no more.  Yes, Mom, Christmas Forever is our song sounding beyond this life.
    Each day, I celebrate the birth and resurrection of Jesus. I won’t wait for December the 25th.  Thanks, Mom.
  
Christmas Forever
My Christmas is forever
For since I found the babe
A bright new love has kindled
A fire that will not fade.
My Christmas is forever
I still hear, “Glory! Glory!”
His star shines as bright as ever
In this unending story.
My Christmas is forever
It’s not a day or toy
That soon is lost or broken
But a heartfelt inner joy.
My Christmas is forever
When Christ becomes a part
Of lives that need a Savior


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To reign with each heart.
     Anna Daisy Siemens

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