Wednesday, January 14, 2009


During a season bombarded with distractions, I've realized it is a necessity for our family to purpose to keep our hearts focused on the real and true meaning of Christmas.  I don't feel it is sinful for us to have fun and give gifts to one another... in fact, I'm very thankful we have been taught by the very God we serve to give generously.  He was so generous He gave His one and only Son that we might have life eternal if we would only put our trust in Him.  

So as part of our purposing to keep focused on Christ's birth, we celebrated on the night of Christmas Eve through fellowship with other believers.  We gathered at the home of the Hanrions (thanks!) and worshipped by sharing in communion then gathered round a campfire to share in the reading from scripture of the very first Christmas... the very birthday of the Christ Child.  Matthew read so beautifully giving opportunities for the children to fill in details from the story.  It was a very special time together and such a sweet encouragement to hear those little voices of our children speaking truth from God's word, evidence that as parents we are doing it right (at least some of the time), we are growing our children up in the admonition of the Lord!  It truly was the perfect way to spend Christmas eve.

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