THE WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS
It's the week after Christmas and all through the house.
The paper, the toys, the bows, and the gifts are still strewn about.
Another Christmas has come and gone,
Now we can settle down for another year long!
The excitement and fun, OH! It was dandy,
But Ahhh, how I ache from way too much food and candy!
The scene in my mind now changes,
As I think of Joseph, Mary and Jesus the week after,
Still among the cattle mangers.
What transpired last week was the miracle of birth,
The shepherds' visit and their story of angels;
Singing about peace on earth.
Joseph thought he came to Bethlehem to pay taxes,
Now a house he must find before much time elapses.
So Joseph set out to survey the town,
Because Mary and the babe can't stay here in these stables.
Maybe he could find a suitable place,
Where he could start making yokes, stools, and sturdy tables
It's the week after the celebration of Jesus' birthday,
Has it made any difference in our lives in some way?
Jesus' birthday could become just another church event.
We can't let that happen, because it should be more,
Than just time spent!
Jesus' birthday is the greatest day of them all,
Because it tells us that God is love and sent His Son,
To bring salvation to great and small!
May each Christmas celebration, lead us to understand better; peace, hope, faith, joy, and love, So that we might look forward, to life with the Lord above!
-Pastor Perry DeGroot
A NEW YEAR
It seems that a great deal of emphasis has been placed upon a new year. Let us try to make this new year the best ever.
Hold fast to your faith. (Heb. 4:14)
Assemble with the saints. (Heb. 10:25)
Pray earnestly every day. (I Thess. 5:17,18)
Pray for great blessings. (Mal. 3:10)
Yield not to temptation. (I Thess. 5:22)
Neglect not your talents and opportunities. (Gal. 6:10)
Examine yourself daily. (II Cor. 13:5)
Work diligently for the Lord. (I Cor. 15:58)
Yield your members to righteousness. (Rom. 6: 11,16)
Exercise yourself in godliness. (I Tim. 4:7)
Aim at sinless perfection. (Heb. 6:1)
Redeem the time. (Eph. 5:15,16)
Gus Nichols (1892-1975)