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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sabbath Keeping


"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: 
The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son,
 and will call him Immanuel."

"The Old Testament is a book of 
unfulfilled prophesies, 
unexplained ceremonies 
and unsatisfied longings 
all of which are resolved in the New Testament, 
the focus of which is Jesus Christ who fulfills in His life the prophesy,
explains in His death the ceremonies,
and satisfies in His resurrection the longings."

"And what kind of habitation pleases God? What must our natures be like before He can feel at home within us? He asks nothing but a pure heart and a single mind. He asks no rich paneling, no rugs from the Orient, no art treasures from afar. He desires but sincerity, transparency, humility, and love. He will see to the rest." ~ A. W. Tozer ~

"When we give each other
Christmas presents in His name,

Let us remember that He has given us
the sun and the moon and the stars,
the earth with its forests and mountains
and oceans--
and all that lives and moves upon them.

He has given us all green things
and everything that blossoms and bears
fruit--
and all that we quarrel about
and all that we have misused--

And to save us from our foolishness,
from our sins,
He came down to earth
and gave us Himself."

"Adorned with craven gems and gold
 The sages bore from eastern lands
Gifts for the tiny new-come King.
 Came He with empty hands?--

Stronger than frankincense and myrrh,
 There followed Him across the dark
The dawn-clean breath of better life
 To fan the immortal spark.

And the stars greyed in the slow dawn;
 The shimmer of the gold grew dim
Beside the deep far-shining light
 That poured from Him."
Gifts of the First Christmas ~

"Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine,
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign.
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Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign."

"The Second Person in God, the Son, became human Himself: was born into the world as an actual man--a real man of a particular height, with hair of a particular colour, speaking a particular language, weighing so many stone. The Eternal Being, who knows everything and who created the whole universe, became not only a man but (before that) a baby, and before that a foetus inside a Woman's body. If you want to get the hang of it, think how you would like to become a slug or a crab." ~ C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity ~

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David: To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And so it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart."
~ Luke 2

If you have a name to add to the prayer list, please let me know.

Prayer Keeping ~ Donna ~ Jim ~  GJ ~ Bill ~ Pat ~ Rainey ~ Patty ~ Mom ~ Daddy ~ Steph ~ Gwen ~ Mary ~ Wendy ~ Ann ~ Noreen ~

14 comments:

  1. Good Morning, A beautiful Christmas post to start my day. Wishing you a blessed Christmas, Sandra. Thank you for your prayers for friends, Wendy and her mom, Ann. God bless, Love, Mildred

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  2. What a beautiful post to reflect on this Christmas week as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour.

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  3. You've given me thought-food enough to last these last few days of Advent and beyond into the Feast. Thank you, Sandra! And thank you for the prayers. <3

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  4. I can't pick out a favorite. I love them all! Thanks for another thought provoking Sabbath post!

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  5. Hello good sister! I hope you are staying warm, well fed, and feeling the complete peace of His presence!

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  6. I am looking to find a fresh look at the Christmas season this year... by spending it in a totally different manner... my husband and I are going to the ocean for four days, no decorating, no rush. The 'burden' of holidays has become too heavy and I have found this past year since I was 'forced' to choose retirement due to physical disability (my back/neck injury on the job in October 2012) that life is very different. I find I am still foundering a bit, more than I would like to admit, but the one thing I do know is that I love the Lord with all my heart, mind soul and strength. I have created a daily organizer, where I can make more focused notes on my daily bible readings and hone my prayers - my desire for a deeper prayer life (that working took away or I should say I allowed my long work days to take away) and some kind of daily routine to anchor my days. As sleep is messed up due to chronic pain I need to try to establish a daily time to get up, rather than sleeping until 10 or 11. I almost never leave the house, sometimes only once or twice a month. I never realized how much work anchored my life, put a definite mark on days. This past year, my days have merged into one long indiscernible string, with not much to distinguish one day from the other. Health concerns have kept me from church and ministry much more than I would like... so I have been praying that the Lord would give me a new vision for what my life is now, to find my joy, to use my days to help others.. and my family. I've even been thinking I may close my photography blog or simply change it's purpose as I cannot get out to do my photography anymore like before. Wow, this was a long comment sorry Sandra! Lord bless you sister... may you be blessed by the Lord!

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  7. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  8. A truly beautiful post Sandra!
    Thank you so much for your sweet comments about my cards. I wish I could show you in person how they are created.
    Sending you a message of love, peace, stillness in your heart, joy and many Christmas blessings,
    Suzy

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  9. Thank you for the continued prayers.

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  10. Merry Christmas Sandra, Golly what beautiful prayers. I am sad, my two
    good freiend are both headed for heart Operations this month. Please say a prayer for Charlotte and Marilyn.
    I hate getting old I am losing all my friends. Lots of love to you.
    yvonne

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  11. This was a beautiful post dear Sandra about the true meaning of Christmas.

    Thank you for your prayers ~ May your Christmas be filled with much love, peace & joy ~ FlowerLady

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  12. Love your picture. Love His words x

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  13. Hi Sandra,
    What a beautiful post for this week.
    Such a blessing to visit.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
    and many blessings in the new year.
    Love and prayers.

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  14. Great message. Reading the story of Christ's birth is always inspirational. I get all teary eyed thinking about how He left the glories of Heaven, was mistreated, lied to & about, went hungry & thirsty, died for OUR sins then rose again on the 3rd day just for us. He in His perfection fulfilled the law since we couldn't so that all may be saved. Praise Him for His perfect mercy.

    Hope you have a very Merry CHRISTmas!

    Luv ~:)

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