On Christmas Blessings
- During this Christmas season
- When is it ok to believe in Santa…
- All God’s Creation…..
- The Christmas Story for the Sweet Tooth…..
- What Paganism is doing to Christmas….
- Jesus Christ God’s Greatest Gift to us on December 25th
- The Snowflake
- God’s Love is Shown in His Creation
- Jesus was Born on the 25th of December…..
- God and the Geese….
- Where Did Santa Come From…..
- The Gift Of Lasting Love…..
- The Power of God’s Love
- God’s Love Gift…..
- “Share With All God’s Children “
- Christmas in Bloom
- This is a Christmas Tree…..
- The “W” in Christmas
- Christmas Blessings
I was very blessed by your heart words Barb expressing your Love and wonder in knowing Jesus and I’m sure others will be too….. Christian Love from us both – Anne
So when is it ok to believe in Santa , who is Santa ? he is just a man dressed up to play a role that Children love, a fairy story they can and want to relate to. Do their parents believe in Santa, No, they know who buys the presents and it’s not Santa who gets the bill.Some Parents worry their Children will think they were lied to but like they accept that their other fairytales are not True as they mature, they also accept Santa is not too, without feeling this.
So when is it wrong to promote Santa… it’s wrong when Children are not taught what the real meaning of Christmas is too, which is Jesus God’s greatest gift to us, so Santa than becomes a substituent for Jesus instead of a helper for Dad and Mum who show kindness to them like the first Santa did to those who were in need (see link below)
This means when they find out that Santa is not a real person today, they are left with no real example of unconditional Love and kindness by someone who is a reality and Loves then greatly, Jesus Christ, their Lord and Saviour.
It is also wrong when Santa is used by Churches to get numbers because as the Body of Christ we are to promote Jesus always, not Santa to attract the lost. Most know there was a real Santa, but today I want to share about another Santa, this Story amazed me but also encouraged me greatly and is proven to be True (see link below ) but what is very much Truth is regardless of what we do in Life, what our job is, or our pastimes and even in regards to our families, God must always come first, even if your Santa. We give thanks for those who are faithful in all their walks of life.
Three years ago, a little boy and his Grandmother came to see Santa At the Mayfair Mall in Wisconsin . The Child climbed up on his lap, holding a picture of a little girl. ‘Who is this?’ asked Santa, smiling. ‘Your friend? Your Sister?” ‘Yes, Santa,’ he replied. ‘My Sister, Sarah, who is very sick,’ he said sadly. Santa glanced over at the Grandmother who was waiting nearby, and saw her dabbing her eyes with a tissue. ‘She wanted to come with me to see you, oh, so very much , Santa!’ the Child exclaimed. ‘She misses you,’ he added softly. Santa tried to be cheerful and encouraged a smile to the boy’s face, asking him what he wanted Santa to bring him for Christmas.
When they finished their visit, the Grandmother came over to help the child off his lap, and started to say something to Santa, but halted. ‘What is it?’ Santa asked warmly.
Well, I know it’s really to much to ask you Santa, but the old woman began, shooing her Grandson over to one of Santa’s elves to collect the little gift which Santa gave to all his young visitors
‘The girl in the photograph… my Granddaughter well, you see …she has Leukaemia and isn’t expected to make it even through the Christmas holidays,’ she said through tear-filled eyes. ‘Is there any way, Santa any possible way that you could come see Sarah? All she’s asked for Christmas, was to see Santa.’
Santa blinked and swallowed hard and told the woman to leave information with his elves as to where Sarah was, and he would see what he could do.
Santa thought of little else the rest of that afternoon. He knew what he had to do. ‘What if it were MY Child lying in that hospital bed, dying,’ he thought with a sinking heart, ‘This is the least I can do.’
When Santa finished visiting with all the boys and girls that evening, he retrieved from his helper the name of the Hospital where Sarah was staying. He asked the assistant location Manager how to get to Children’s Hospital.
‘Why?’ Rick asked, wit a puzzled look on his face. Santa relayed to him the conversation with Sarah’s Grandmother earlier that day. ‘C’mon…I’ll take you there.’ Rick said softly Rick drove them to the Hospital and came inside with Santa.
They found out which room Sarah was in. A pale Rick said he would wait out in the hall. Santa quietly peeked into the room through the half-closed door and saw little Sarah on the bed.
The room was full of what appeared to be her family; there was the Grandmother and the girl’s brother he had met earlier that day. A woman whom he guessed was Sarah’s Mother stood by the bed, gently pushing Sarah’s thin hair off her forehead.
And another woman who he discovered later was Sarah’s Aunt, sat in a chair near the bed with a weary, sad look on her face. They were talking quietly, and Santa could sense the warmth and closeness of the family, and their Love and concern for Sarah.
Taking a deep breath, and forcing a smile on his face, Santa entered the room, bellowing a hearty, ‘Ho, ho, ho!’
‘Santa!’ shrieked little Sarah weakly, as she tried to escape her bed to run to him, IV tubes intact. Santa rushed to her side and gave her a warm hug. A Child the tender age of his own son — 9 years old — gazed up at him with wonder and excitement.
Her skin was pale and her short tresses bore telltale bald patches from the effects of chemotherapy. But all he saw when he looked at her was a pair of huge, blue eyes. His heart melted, and he had to force himself to choke back tears.
Though his eyes were riveted upon Sarah’s face, he could hear the gasps and quiet sobbing of the women in the room.
As he and Sarah began talking, the family crept quietly to the bedside one by one, squeezing Santa’s shoulder or his hand gratefully, whispering ‘Thank you’ as they gazed sincerely at him with shining eyes. Santa and Sarah talked and talked, and she told him excitedly all the toys she wanted for Christmas, assuring him she’d been a very good girl that year.
As their time together dwindled, Santa felt led in his spirit to pray for Sarah, and asked for permission from the girl’s mother. She nodded in agreement and the entire family circled around Sarah’s bed, holding hands. Santa looked intensely at Sarah and asked her if she believed in Angels, ‘Oh, yes, Santa… I do!’ she exclaimed.
‘Well, I’m going to ask that Angels watch over you.’ he said. Laying one hand on the Child’s head, Santa closed his eyes and prayed. He asked that God touch little Sarah, and heal her body from this disease.
He asked Him that His Angels minister to her, watch and keep her. And when he finished praying, still with eyes closed, he started singing, softly, ‘Silent Night, Holy Night…. all is calm, all is bright…’The family joined in, still holding hands, smiling at Sarah, and crying tears of hope, tears of joy for this moment, as Sarah beamed at them all.
When the song ended, Santa sat on the side of the bed again and held Sarah’s frail, small hands in his own. ‘Now, Sarah,’ he said authoritatively, ‘you have a job to do, and that is to concentrate on getting well. I want you to have fun playing with your friends this summer, and I expect to see you at my house at Mayfair Mall this time next year!’
He knew it was risky proclaiming that to this little girl who had Terminal Cancer, but he ‘had’ to. He had to give her the greatest gift he could — not dolls or games or toys — but the gift of HOPE.
‘Yes, Santa!’ Sarah exclaimed, her eyes bright. He leaned down and kissed her on the forehead and left the room.
Out in the hall, the minute Santa’s eyes met Rick’s, a look passed between them and they wept unashamed.
Sarah’s Mother and Grandmother slipped out of the room quickly and rushed to Santa’s side to thank him.
‘My only Child is the same age as Sarah,’ he explained quietly. ‘This is the least I could do.’ They nodded with understanding and hugged him.
One year later, Santa Mark was again back on the set in Milwaukee for his six-week, seasonal job which he so loves to do. Several weeks went by and then one day a Child came up to sit on his lap.
‘Hi, Santa! Remember me?!’ ‘Of course, I do,’ Santa proclaimed (as he always does), smiling down at her. After all, the secret to being a ‘good’ Santa is to always make each Child feel as if they are the ‘only’ Child in the world at that moment.
‘You came to see me in the Hospital last year!’ Santa’s jaw dropped. Tears immediately sprang in his eyes, and he grabbed this little miracle and held her to his chest. ‘Sarah!’ he exclaimed. He scarcely recognized her, for her hair was long and silky and her cheeks were rosy — much different from the little girl he had visited just a year before. He looked over and saw Sarah’s Mother and Grandmother in the sidelines smiling and waving and wiping their eyes.
To confirm this Story please click link – http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/santa-sarah.htm
Blessings for Christmas Blogging Friends, below is a Power Point for Children but I love it too and so do all those who have seen it, especially the Children. It has lots of surprises and is very clever, I don’t know who created it but they were indeed gifted in how they tell the Story of Jesus’ Birth that will indeed open eyes wide. It is so well done that even an Adult can understand it but please be warned if you are watching the Calories!
Click to enjoy the Chocolate Christmas Story – 2013
Paganism is very much becoming what interests most People and it was prophesied that it would be this way in the end times. Most of our Christmas Symbols (see link below ) some of which are mentioned in Scripture and others when viewed with faith in our hearts as they are meant to be, bring to our mind the real meaning of Jesus’ birth, but many have been twisted by Paganism and used to worship their Pagan gods which come from their own fleshy understanding and has been passed on through the Generations.
Christmas Symbols- https://christmasblessings.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/share-with-the-children/
Sadly some Christians because of Paganism and Satan’s deception, reject Christmas day and now do not Celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December which Scripture shows clearly is when Jesus was born (see links below ) but regardless of what day had been chosen by God for the Birth of Jesus, His Son, Pagans would have still used it to worship their gods in opposition, with being motivated by Satan to do so.
Jesus Birth Date 1 – https://christmasblessings.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/jesus-was-born-on-the-25th-of-december/
For many years I use to look for the homes with Christmas lights around my area and often traveled to see them, many would have the Nativity but sadly not so today , Santa has the prominent place in most of their decorations. See Barbs Link below…..
For many years I use to look for the homes with Christmas lights around my area and often travelled to see them, many would have the Nativity but sadly not so today , Santa has the prominent place in most of their decorations. See Barbs Link below…..
Yes it is VERY sad but it does not surprise me anymore, although I was upset to see one of the well known Churches in our area had on their Church sign…. We are joining Santa for a wonderful Christmas.
Impressed I think not, well you can be sure we won’t be going to their Christmas service just in case they have baby Santa in the manger and they have the Elves leading Communion, which will be milk and cookies and of course Mrs Santa will be preaching while Rudolf the red nosed Reindeer, will take everyone for a sleigh ride up and down the main road, no snow of course but than we can make believe just like they are, that Christmas is not about Jesus, but jolly fat Santa.
We have been asked a few times now by different Blogging friends if we would continue confirming Jesus Birth as being on the 25th of December. We felt the best way to do this is to share with you in the sequence of advents that God reveals in the Scriptures that happened before and after His birth.
We will look today at a few of these and at another time we will look at the signs in the Heavens before and at the time of Jesus Birth and also confirmation through other events and times of Jesus Life and Death, which also confirm that He was Born on the 25th of December.Zacharias, who was John the Baptist’s father and also a High Priest appointed by God to make atonement for His people the Israelites. He was allotted His duties as were all the Priests who ministered in the Temple and the regulations were to be fully observed by all of them according to their position.
We can see that Zacharias was a High Priest by the Duties he preformed and also by his age. A Priest who was doing his lot of duty only served till the age of 50, but a High Priest served till they died. ( Numbers 4:3 & 8:25 )
Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth as told to us in the Scriptures ( Luke1:7 &18 ) were very advanced in years much older then 50years, and they were both past child bearing age. Luke tells us that they were both righteous before God in keeping all of His Ordinances and Commandments.
Zacharias who was from the line of Abia was a descendant of Aaron which means he was from the tribe of the Levites, under Nehemiah, he was a leading Priest who signed a covenant to obey the laws of God after the Israelite returned from exile in Babylon, and it is from his house of Priests that Zechariah is a descendant and his wife Elizabeth was of the Daughters of Aaron.
( Leviticus 21:14 )
On the Day of Atonement which was only once a year when God gave instructions that ( Leviticus 23:27 ) only a High Priest from Aaron’s seed could go into the Holy of Holies and burn the incense as God had asked to be done which meant that ( Exodus 30:10 ) everyone else had to wait patiently outside… ( Leviticus 16:17) & Hebrews 9:7 & Luke1:10 ) and this was done on the 10 day in the Seventh month of the Jewish year which was September -October, as confirmed by the Scriptures ( Leviticus 16:29 ) which means regardless of who King Herod chose to be in this position, God chose and anointed Zacharias to Minister and make sacrifices for His people. It was at this time that Zacharias was told that Elisabeth his wife was to have a child. ( Luke 1:13 )
The Gospel of Luke states that while Zacharias ministered at the Altar of incense, an Angel of God announced to him that Elizabeth his wife would give birth to a son, whom he was to name John, and that this son would be the forerunner of the long-expected Messiah and this was when Zacharias was performing the once a year duty in the Holy of Holies of a High Priest assigned specifically to the descendants of Aaron among the sons of Levi.
(1 Chronicles 23:13 )
Elisabeth conceived in September 3BC at the time of the feast of the Tabernacles and gave birth to John The Baptist in June 2B.C When Elisabeth was 6 mths pregnant which was in March, Mary was told she was to give birth to Jesus, when Elisabeth gave birth to John, Mary was 3 mths pregnant, Jesus was born 6mths later December 25th 1AD, Mary’s time had come to give birth when God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law – (Galatians 4:4)
We will continue when needed to give more detail to confirm what we have already shared with more confirmation, below is a link that shows why some of the objections to Celebrating Christmas when we do are invalid.
The Truth will set us free… Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life and He will Teach us All Things, through the empowering of the Holy Spirit.Matthew 10:26-28 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
( Perhaps these are our Blogs today and also the City Gate?)
The Snowflake The Snowflake reminds us that even though we are many God created us all unique and so there is a place in His heart that only we can fill but we all have a part of Uniting in Him because we became One by the gift of His Son.
And in Him we are set free and
Philippians 2:14-15 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse Nation, among whom ye Shine as Lights in the world; Holding forth the word of Life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Matthew 5:15-17 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so Shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.