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Tuesday, December 24, 2013


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Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought

by Mary May Larmoyeux

Christmas Day will soon be here. My mind is captivated with the picture of Jesus Christ, Almighty God, resting in a simple manger. The creator of all did not even have a real bed for his head. There were no stuffed animals, no Internet announcements, no blue balloons inscribed with “It’s a boy.”

But his birth did not go unnoticed.

We are told in Luke 2: 8-14: And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. …”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

What a sight that must have been! Jesus Christ was born!

Merry Christmas,

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Anonymous said...

December 26, 2008
Christmas Memory

Each Christmas when my husband Tom and I gather the Christmas Nativity scene we ponder the day our cousin, Peter, from Germany presented the family with beautifully carved figures from his homeland. After a pleasant breakfast, second cups of coffee and hot chocolate, Peter placed in my hands a fourteen inch wooden plank with edges carved in the rough and said, “Mother is the foundation and heart of the home.” I then placed the wooden plank on the table as Tom unwrapped his gift ...a wooden “A” framed shingled roof with wooden back and side wall. Peter said, “Father is the protector of the home, guardian of the family.” Tom placed the roof and wall onto three pegs stabilizing it to the foundation. Our oldest child, Kathy, unwrapped an intricately carved figure ...one of the Three Wise Men while Shawn and Carol unwrapped their Kings bearing gifts. David carefully opened his carved figure of Joseph and placed him inside the stable while Diane revealed the beautiful form of our Blessed Mother Mary. She placed Mary in the stable opposite Joseph. Our youngest, John, held the Baby Jesus and lay Him in the manger between his loving family. The children then unwrapped carved animals while Peter put an angel atop the stable. Cotton “snow” and fresh pine sprays completed the scene.

The children are grown and married with children of their own. When the grandchildren visit, we tell them about Peter’s gift and how we slowly unfolded the story of the Nativity ..the birth of Jesus. We cherish the memory that comes alive each Christmas. Rita

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

What a wonderful tradition, Rita! Thanks so much for sharing. - Mary

Anonymous said...

Inspiring. There is something about a lovely sunset or morning rising that becomes a prayer. -- Rita

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Rita, I love what you said about a sunset or sunrise becoming a prayer! -- Mary

Anonymous said...

Sweet Christmas thoughts and reminders. It is His birthday. Blessings, Rita