The real story of Christmas is the story of Jesus–God’s precious gift to us. Our Heavenly Father is the real Gift-Giver and the greatest gift is the gift of Jesus Christ… given to all who will receive. Jesus is our hope, He is our victory, He is our advocate with the Father, our blood-covenant Friend Who will never leave nor forsake us. In Him we have the joy of living a heavenly life on earth. He is the meaning and purpose of Christmas.

If you go back to the original word Christmas, or “Christ mass,” it means, “an anointing celebration.” It is the story of the Savior-Jesus, sent to redeem mankind. It is the celebration of “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power…” It’s the celebration of how the anointed Jesus “…went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed…” (Acts 10:38).  It is the awesome story of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Who will reign forevermore! His birth began the series of spiritual events that have provided us everything we need in this life and the next.

That’s why I encourage you to say it boldly, with confidence. Say it with a grateful heart–Merry Christmas! It is a time to rejoice in celebration! Then enjoy this season. Let’s place our Lord first this Christmas and make it the best ever.

We are praying for God’s very best for you and your family this Christmas season. We’re also asking Him to answer your prayers and meet your needs. Be encouraged to draw especially close to the Lord by opening your day with some quiet time with God, reading and meditating His Word. This is a time to be grateful for what is truly important–God so loved the world that He sent His only Son to die in your place so that you could be redeemed and become “family” with God. He loves you that much!

Enjoy the well-known writing about the life of our Savior called One Solitary Life. It has become a classic. Merry Christmas, partners and friends.

ONE SOLITARY LIFE
He was born in an obscure village,
the child of a peasant woman.
He grew up in still another village
where He worked in a carpenter shop
until He was thirty.
And then for three years
He was an traveling preacher.
He never wrote a book.
He never held an office.
He never had a family.
He never owned a house.
He never went to college.
He never visited a big city.
He never traveled two hundred miles
from the place where He was born.
He did none of the things
one usually associates with greatness.
He had no credentials but Himself.
He was only thirty-three when religious leaders
turned the political system against Him.
His friends ran away.
He went through the mockery of a trial.
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves.
While He was dying His executioners
gambled for His clothing,
the only property He had on earth.
When He was dead He was laid
in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
Twenty centuries have come and gone,
and today Jesus is the central figure
of the human race,
the leader of mankind’s progress.
All the armies that have ever marched,
All the navies that have ever sailed,
All the parliaments that have ever sat,
All the kings that have ever reigned put together,
Have not affected the life of mankind on this earth
as much as this One Solitary Life.

Please know that we love you and we are praying for you.
Merry Christmas!

Dale and Paula

Names of those in photo above from L-R: Kara (daughter), Paula, Joyce (Dale’s mother), Dale, Eric and Deborah (son and daughter-in-law).