Monday, December 9, 2019

A Christmas Wish List (+Annual Christmas Blessing Giveaway)

By: Joanne Viola


I went through my teenage years listening to Amy Grant music. One of my favorites Christmas songs is on Amy Grant’s Christmas CD. Even at other times of the year, this song speaks to my heart.
“Here’s my life long wish, My grownup Christmas list. Not for myself but for a world in need.”
There has ever been a time where I have been more aware of the brokenness which is in our world, and in the lives of many. It is into this brokenness that our Savior arrived on the very first Christmas. Or perhaps He broke open our brokenness.
“No more lives torn apart, that wars would never start and time would heal all hearts.”
Time does not heal all hearts. But the Babe in the manger did come for this very reason. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3). He, Himself, dresses our wounds, bandages our hearts so that we do not hemorrhage forever.
“Everyone would have a friend.”
During this time of year, loneliness is most on display. May those who are alone experience the truth that we have a friend that sticks closer than a brother (Prov.18:24). The Life born in the stable came to bring life and to call us His friend.
“Right would always win and Love would never end.”
Right will always win. One day He will right all wrongs. And in the meantime, we keep loving others. And loving Him.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends.”
(1 Corinthians 13:7-8, ESV).

 

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35 comments:

  1. So true that "Time does not heal all hearts," but Jesus will when we come to Him in faith and repentance. What a blessing that we can pray in faith for these things.

    What a generous giveaway!

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    1. I just saw the contest entry question about a favorite tradition. I love when we decorate the tree together and everyone reminiscences over the ornaments. Such fun memories!

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    2. It is amazing how the ornaments bring back such wonderful memories!

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  2. I love how you connect the song lyrics to Biblical ideas. It makes me think about the song in a whole new way. And, my favorite Christmas tradition is going to my parents house for breakfast every Christmas morning and having breakfast as a huge extended family. It is something I loved as a kid and now my kids look forward to it each year as well.

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    1. We love having you all too and I'm especially grateful the girls love it too!!! xo

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  3. We enjoy opening our presents at home and then going to my parent's house for Christmas dinner. Our extended family usually visits too.

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    1. Christmas spreads out over the day and over family.

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  4. My favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas Eve service and then dinner at my house all together.

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  5. The church of my heritage never had Christmas services of any kind, so a new tradition to us in my adult years is going to a Christmas service with our youngest daughter.

    Amy Grant used to go round and round on our CD player back in the day too. :)

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  6. I am so glad you also remember Amy Grant :) And isn't it wonderful that new traditions can be forged as well as enjoying the old!

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  7. Our Christmas tradition is to simply enjoy a quiet day at home. :-)

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    1. Simple, maybe but one that will be remembered and cherished for sure! Merry Christmas!

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  8. I love baking Christmas cookies with my grandma and helping her deliver to family and friends!

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    1. That is such a precious memory! Be sure to save all her recipes as you will cherish them one day! Merry Christmas!

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  9. we are always alone for Christmas, so not really any traditions other than a tree, presents and enjoying the slow pace for the holidays. everyone is so busy and enjoying their own families.

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    1. There is something to be said for enjoying the slower pace. May you and yours have a blessed Christmas!

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  10. My favourite Christmas tradition is watching the kids open the one Christmas Eve present - Christmas pajamas! And most of all, being together as a family.

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    1. We used to do that with our children as well. It was always exciting to watch them go to sleep with excitement of what was yet to come. Merry Christmas!

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  11. sitting around in our pjs and opening 1 gift on Christmas Eve

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    1. I love that this is a favorite memory for so many of us. May you have a Merry Christmas!

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  12. The whole family goes to church together for the Christmas cantata.

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    1. There is something special about being all together as a family in church. May you have a blessed Christmas!

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  13. Decorating the tree with the kids.

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    1. Children enjoy doing the tree so much! Merry Christmas!

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  14. i like decorating and having my adult kids visit on christmas day

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    1. Visits from our kids are the best! May you have a Merry Christmas!

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  15. I love doing the gift exchanges!

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    1. It's always a fun and happy part of the day. Merry Christmas!

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  16. My favorite Christmas tradition is taking a day trip out to the national forest the day after Thanksgiving. We spend the day wandering around the woods looking for the perfect Christmas tree to cut down (with our Christmas tree permit, of course!).

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    1. This is such a fun tradition. It is also something we have always wanted to do and haven't. Have a Merry Christmas!

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  17. What an incredible prize! Best of luck, everyone!

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    1. It truly is! And best of luck to you as well. Merry Christmas!

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  18. My favorite Christmas tradition is making ugly sweater cookies.

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  19. My favourite Christmas tradition...every year, since they were born, I've bought my daughters a new Christmas ornament. The ornament reflects an event, celebration or a memory from the past year. My oldest is 29 now and this tradition still continues.

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  20. My favorite Christmas tradition - each Christmas season my sis & I see a holiday show or play.

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