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The Greatest Birthday

‘Glory to God in the highest
And on earth peace good will toward men’

Born unto a virgin was God’s only begotten Son
Emmanuel (God with us) is the title of The One
Mary’s father was of Judah, the linage of a king
Mary’s mother was a Levite, from Aaron’s priestly string
The world beheld a brilliant star a shining in the east
The sign of Christ, The King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and High Priest

‘Glory to God in the highest
And on earth peace good will toward men’

Shepherds in the field keeping watch over their flock at night
The angel of the Lord appeared and gave them such a fright
‘Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy’
For unto you is born this day, a Saviour, Christ the Roi
The Babe is wrapped in swaddling clothes, a lying in the hay
Heavenly host gave praise to God on the greatest birthday

‘Glory to God in the highest
And on earth peace good will toward men’

(Luke 1: 5-36,2: 6-14,3: 23-38)

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What’s on your Christmas list?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…every where you go!

And I’m not just singing the song, it really is looking like Christmas. Chicago has only gotten a snow dusting for one day so far, but it was enough to get you bundling up and preparing for the long winter nights.

I love the change of seasons, the cool brisk air, the scarves pulled over your face, the warm Ugg boots and the cold “puppy dog” nose. With winter weather comes the joy of Christmas. It is a time of hope, when miracles seem possible. It is a time of peace, where neighbors share good cheer. It is a time of love, where greetings are sent and hugs are delivered with family and friends spending time with each other.

I pray for all those families that are spending this Christmas without a loved one. That empty space at the table can only be filled with memories and stories of times spent together. May each of those families feel the warmth of Christ as he holds them especially close through the holidays. I am wishing that they too can see the hope, peace and love of Christmas.

Christmas time is filled with decorating, baking, celebrating, shopping and gift-giving. My children always ask for a list of ideas that they can get me – and they are always eager to send me what they would like as gifts. So what on my list?

Two weeks with both my children home
My husband’s homemade French Toast
Game nights together
Dinner and a show Downtown
Snuggling on the couch watching movies

My favorite gifts are never store bought…they are always heart given…memories that last forever, love that never ends.
This Christmas, I am forever grateful for my incredible family, our good fortune of health and home.

May the brown paper packages tied up with string under your Christmas tree be filled with JOY!!!

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Madrigals brings Christmas Spirit

What beautiful songs…Christmas music sung accapella by beautifully ordained teens. Songs of Christ’s birth sung at a public high school – inspiring.

Being able to express our joy at the birth of Christ is the origin for this Holiday season. I was reminded of that as I sat and watched madrigals sing of the joy of the proclamation of the coming of the Lord and the Birth of Jesus. I had a delicious meals, served by wench-clad youth as the jester, ladies in waiting and troubadours entertained the crowds.

Sing out and proclaim what we celebrate in our homes.
Fill your house with music of the season and good cheer with neighbors, friends and family.

Don’t give in to the secular of this time of year.
We are celebrating a JOYFUL event!

I am so proud of those young people who so poignantly sang from their hearts and did not give in to the secular “don’t offend anyone” mentality.

Say “Merry Christmas” to everyone you meet – spread the Christmas Spirit.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
JOY TO THE WORLD!!!

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