Training the Mind of the Horse and Rider

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Thoughts

            Tonight is the night of our Dear Saviour’s birth.  Even my 3 year old granddaughter, who just had her 3rd birthday 2 weeks ago, knows that tomorrow is Jesus’ birthday.  Sometimes, Makenzie seems like a big girl, and sometimes, she seems like she is still a toddler.  But no matter what her age, she knows the Christmas story.

            Christmas Eve services are traditional. And I love traditions.   Christmas decorations.  Christmas trees.  Christmas carols.  Christmas Eve service.   Christmas with family.  Christmas cookies and pies.  Homemade Christmas.

            Christmas is about love, peace, joy and hope.  Jesus brings all of this to us. Not in presents, but in His presence.  Not in crowds, but in a child’s laughter.  Not in busy-ness of the Christmas season with cards, and cooking, and traveling, but taking that time and enjoying family.  And not with what is, but with what is to come.

We find this love, peace, joy and hope when we are with people who think the same Christian way as us.  Who go out of their way to be friendly and outgoing and accepting of who you are.  We need to find that in the people who we chose to be our friends.  We need to do as Jesus did.  We need to befriend those who want to be our friends, even though their ways are unacceptable.  Through Christian love, we can show others the true meaning of being a follower of Christ.

We need to find the peace within us to spread that peace to others.  Only then, can we truly spread Jesus’ words to others.  Peace within our souls, hope to move on to what we need to do, of what God calls us to do.  The joy of sharing.  The joy of doing what God intended for us to do to be truly happy.  And the LOVE of doing for others.  The LOVE of doing what we truly LOVE to do.

And only through God’s LOVE do we truly understand the meaning of Christmas.

The baby Jesus who was born to us, in the City of David, a long, long time ago.  A baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  A stable with cows, and sheep, and I pray, horses.

And as you go to your Christmas Eve services and to your Christmas morning services, feel the love of the Christ Child warm your hearts.  Feel his peace and love, and spread that to others around you.  Spread the hope of the coming New Year that God has planned for you.

The baby Jesus brings us the peace of the Christmas season that we are looking for.

Merry Christmas, everyone.


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