What did you do with your yesterday?
Did it make you happy or sad ?
Did you use it wisely in every way?
Did you find that your heart was glad?
What did you do with the lovely dawn,
The morning all bright and fair,
The afternoon that was here and gone
With a beauty so fresh and rare?
What will you do with tomorrow, dear?
Make it a day worthwhile,
Fill up your mind with a happy thought,
Your heart, with a kindly smile.
Somewhere, a bluebird will sing your song,
Somewhere, the rainbow’s end.
Surely you’ll find a joy worthwhile
In the thrill of being a friend.
What will you do in the future years?
No one but you can decide.
However glowing your hopes and dreams,
However worthy your pride.
Life has a challenge she offers you,
Time is a precious thing,
Meet each tomorrow with hands outstretched,
Accept what each new day will bring.
~ Rose ~
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Christmas work is done … cards, decorations, cooking and baking, gifts bought, wrapped and mostly delivered. We have been reclining before the Christmas tree and reliving Christmas’ past. What memories …
My family was poor … very poor. Dad worked at various and sundry jobs but mostly he was a pastor, sometimes with three churches but more often, two. Back then salaries were collections from a weekly church service so one did not aspire to be affluent if one’s calling was to be a church pastor. Thus, Christmas was rich in worship, friends, fellowship and tons of food but restricted in gift buying.
Mother, never one to worry about what she did not have, but what she could get and make into something great, went to the local goodwill and bought two used dolls. She purchased one in the summer and one in the fall. They were dirty and unkempt but refurishable. These had lovely porcelain faces. She washed the bodies several times until they were no longer dirty. Mixing sugar water she cut, curled and set their hair. After drying she pulled the curls into long ringlets. Then she sewed clothes for every immaginable occasion … sleeping, dancing, gardening, cooking, working, even making rain coats and coats with fur trimmed necks with hand muffs. When Christmas arrived my sister and I were the happiest two little girls in the world. The dolls cost $1.25 each but we could not have been happier if they had cost a million. As you can see, we were not really POOR.
Wishing you and yours all the warmth and joy of the Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of God’s greatest gift to us all, Jesus Christ!
Thus it was Foretold …
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though
thou be little among the thousands of Judah,
yet out of thee shall come forth unto me
that is to be ruler in Israel; whose
goings forth have been from of old,
~ Micah 5:2 KJV ~
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign;
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a
son, and shall call his name Immanuel”.
~ Isaiah 7:14 KJV ~
And thus it was fulfilled …
“And it came to pass in those days,
that there went out a decree from Caesar
Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when
Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every
one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee.
out of the city of Nazareth,
into Judaea, unto the city of David,
which is called Bethlehem;
(because he was of the house and
lineage of David):
To be taxed with Mary his espoused
wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were
there, the days were accomplished that
she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger; because there
was no room for them in the inn”.
~ Luke 2:1-7 KJV ~