Our Daily Thread 12-25-18

Good Morning!

And Merry Christmas!


Luke 2:1-21

The Birth of Jesus

¹In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.


From Lindsey Stirling

35 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-25-18

  1. I knew the music was overdubbed when I heard the piano backup, but I suspected it first when I saw her playing the violin (fiddle to we Southerners) in the snow. I wondered how she kept it in tune. But now I know.
    There is a program on RFDTV every Saturday that closes with a man singing a gospel song.
    He is standing in a field, by a stream, on a railroad track, etc. while singing. But you can tell it is overdubbed.


  2. Last night was the first time since, (I believe) 1955 that we didn’t go to a Christmas Eve service.
    I don’t drive at night. Chuck could have taken us, but Donna, who comes on Mondays to help with Elvera, came and we went out for dinner.

    Not much Christmas music.
    No Christmas Eve service.
    No Christmas shopping.
    I haven’t even heard Bing sing this year.
    You folks have provided almost all the Christmas events.

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  3. And I looked over and the first picture on the side was our snow covered house in Hendersonville.
    It is a nice house. I miss it.
    When we moved, we took the pictures and fixtures from it and put them in this house.
    Makes it look tacky, but that’s what Elvera wants. That’s what we have.

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  4. Chas–you must have forgotten that you heard Bing. I remember you telling us you heard him sing and that was the start of the Christmas season for you. 🙂

    Merry Christmas.

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  5. A blessed Christmas to all.

    This morning may have been the first time in my life I had a shower the first thing on Christmas day! Ah, the children have flown . . . and so, of course, has my childhood!

    Presents, breakfast, more singing at church and then bedlam at Son #1’s house.

    It should all be lovely. 🙂


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  6. Merry Christmas everyone!

    I was so glad I hung around last night for the candlelight service. I’d left Carol’s shortly after 8 p.m. and thought 2 hours was a long time to wait for that 10 p.m. candlelight service to begin. But I took a drive along the boulevard, enjoyed seeing all the lights and tourists out on a Christmas Eve night with light rain falling, smiling as I was stopped at a light right near my old bank at Hollywood & Highland, a Security Pacific back then in a very ornate multistory building that’s probably close to 100 years old. I’d walk up there from Sunset to cash my paycheck when I worked in the area for a few years after college.

    Cruised part of Gardener Street, where we lived when I was little, enjoying all the really quaint old houses that somehow have managed not to be torn down over the years. Craftsman, Spanish, and it’s one of the narrowest streets with cars all parked on both sides now. People have more cars now than they used to and those original narrow streets are tricky to navigate especially if someone’s coming from the other direction.

    I realized the sanctuary would be open so I arrived by 9 p.m. and went in to just sit and enjoy the final ‘rehearsals’ in preparation for the service which was nearly 90 minutes long and beautiful. The family who sat down next to me was a father and his son, who was home from college judging from the way others were greeting and welcoming him home, and the boy’s girlfriend. They arrived early also and the father was explaining to the girl the differences between Catholics and Presbyterians (I presume she is — or grew up — Roman Catholic).

    Carol and I usually wind up going to the family service at Hollywood Presbyterian for timing’s sake (it’s at 7 p.m.). It’s always delightful with the children and the live Nativity play. But the later candlelight service was much more fitting for me and my moods and spiritual neediness last night. As I said, I almost skipped it but am so glad I stayed. It also was strange to go to the service by myself at a church that’s familiar but one at which I really don’t “know” anyone, but that was OK, too.

    We ended with the old sanctuary going dark and everyone lighting candles, saying “Christ is the light of the world” as we turned to our pew neighbors to pass the flame down, row after row, until the entire sanctuary, including the balcony, was filled with with hundreds of pinpoints of light as we sang Silent Night.

    I didn’t get home until almost midnight when a fierce wind kicked up just as I exited the freeway and turned onto the harbor drive at the port — and when a huge tumbleweed (!) attached itself to the front of my car. I had to pull over to extricate it. Must have blown in from New Mexico.

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  7. Cheryl, thank you for the house compliment. You can also see the new address sign (found on Etsy) with provided that little ‘pop’ of turquoise-blue I so want to use to accent the house here and there. The terra-cotta tiles are also nearly a perfect match for the house color.

    I still enjoy looking at the 1923 photos a friend found at the historical society that show my house as it was just finishing getting built — and seeing those exact same windows and front door on it. I’ll have to get one or two of those photos — with the 2 little girls & their dog who were to live here as part of its first family residents — nicely reproduced and framed to hang somewhere in the house.


  8. Merry Christmas dear friends…
    Last evening with the grands and daughter and SIL was just delightful. Too much food…too much dessert! My 15 yr old granddaughter made me cry…she gave us a photo of us with her taken after one of her volleyball games (her team won the district championship!) and she wrote the sweetest note….I sat there sobbing like a…grandmother 😊
    The dry tree has been tossed over the deck railing and will make it’s way back to the slash pile later on today…the left behind needles smell soooo good!
    Dj the first thing I noticed in your photo was the house numbers…that is so beautiful and fitting…along with your lovely door and windows!! Your patience and determination to restore your nest has had fine results!! Now where is that furniture you purchased from Mexico? 😊

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  9. I love the house DJ

    We have survived Maddie’s first Christmas
    All my chicks were in the nest last night.
    I even managed a little time with my ex family.
    There is a funny photo of me in “Santa’s” arms on Facebook.

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  10. We had a nice Christmas dinner at Chucks. And gifts.
    There were 17 of us. Seven of which were greatgrands.
    And I tell Elvera that it was all her fault. She enjoyed her time there. .
    I thank the Lord for all of them.

    It just occurred to me, this minute for some reason. Elvera was the only adult there without a college degree.

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  11. Last night was wonderful. My youngest came with her two little ones and her husband. who has never come to a service. Little Lucy sang along and Archie kept crawling under the pew, but their noise just made it very special. I guess everyone went to the early service, so this wasn’t crowded at all.

    And!!! the best part!! Just as the service was getting started, my older daughter and her husband and kids walked into the row behind us! I had no idea that they were coming. So I was doubly blessed. Lucy wanted to go to Jack, so I passed her back and she got passed around. Archie loved the candles.

    That was my Christmas gift for all of my family here to come to the service with me. My sil said it was a nice service.

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  12. Merry Christmas to you all! It has been a good day. I developed cold symptoms last night, but it still has been good. I got three books for Christmas, two of them new to me – one about the medicinal plants of the far north from a Inuit elder, the other On Reading Well by Karen Swallow Prior, whose other two books I have read and appreciated. The children have been quite well behaved, all considering. We got to skate again this afternoon. Just going to eat turkey now.

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  13. We had a decent time away. We got to visit with family, including our smiley four-month-old granddaughter. My husband has been sick with a cold or the flu, and so we shortened the visit at both ends, and he wore a mask during any time of interaction with people (even Christmas dinner), and he didn’t hold the baby or hug anyone or shake hands. So the “fun” was a bit limited, but t was good to see people and overall a good visit. And coming back on Christmas Day after dinner meant (1) driving into the sun the whole trip and (2) getting home a full half hour quicker than we’ve ever made the trip. But tonight we get our own bed.

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  14. Welcome back Cheryl.

    Chas, you did good.

    My one cousin was slammed with a bad cold that took her to the doctor a couple days ago so the 3 of us decided we’d just aim for another time when we at least could all be together. Just as well, I’m tired after yesterday and last night and it’s back to work tomorrow for me. More and more in recent years Christmas Eve is really “Christmas” for me, not so much the day itself.

    And our neighborhood, as usual, is very quiet today.

    So I’m catching up with reading & laundry, getting some of the Christmas wrapping ready to put away for the year. (I’m glad now I didn’t wind up getting a tree!) And I found a bag of several $1 scented hand lotion and liquid soap bottles I stocked up on from one of my shopping rounds and totally forgot to give to anyone! I think I was considering them for Carol’s friends, but completely forgot about them. I’ll get them to a couple folks I didn’t see this season and can still drop a few off at Carol’s place next time I go. At $1 each, they were such a good deal!

    Not exactly the Christmas I envisioned this year in some ways, but Christmas is always good. 🙂

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  15. And I brought home enough food for a week.
    And when I went into the kitchen, I saw a cake that had been 25% used. That means we have cake for almost a week too.
    Elvera had a delightful time, and that counts for a lot.
    I told them again that if I hadn’t met Elvera Collins on the stairs of FBC Columbia on the only time I have ever been in that balcony, none of this would be happening. I thank God every day for all 15 of them.

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  16. An ordained moment in time … Our lives are made up of thousands of them, every day. Some stand out and loom large in our lives as we realize in extra-vivid ways how God’s invisible hand has always been at work — when things turn out good and right; but also even when they don’t (from our perspective).

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  17. Romans 8:28 “All things work together for good for those who are called to God’s purpose.”

    Doesn’t say all things are good. Nor that we will like the result.

    But things have worked out for me, though they were disappointing at the time.
    If compiling, at Michelle’s suggestion, a series of what I call “The IF’s in my life”. That is, if such a thing hadn’t happened. I just mentioned, though not the details, of an event that put me in the balcony of FBC Columbia. Just once.

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  18. The neighbors’ grandkids are out playing with their new kites, having a blast running up and down the street. Fun to see such a simple thing be such a popular gift. Neighbor gave me a candied apple for Christmas and I hung out with them in front for a while, it’s pretty chilly for us. Some of them were saying they’d never had a white Christmas but one of the daughters-in-law said she once had a white 4th of July in Connecticut.

    We got some more snow overnight in our local mountains, though, which is always good news.

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  19. They were joking about driving up to see their friends in the mountains tonight so they could finally have at least part of a “white” Christmas, but the parents, as they gave it even a fleeting second thought, looked pretty beat and said “nah….”

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  20. We definitely have a white Christmas. It’s pretty cold outside, but the 5 dogs have been having a ball running around. We even have a border collie here!!! He’s a sweetheart. They all are.

    It’s been a wonderful time together. Daughter has gone home to work her shift, but son and DIL are still here. We’re currently watching “It Happened on 5th Avenue” It’s a fun black & white Christmas movie.

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  21. We had a good Christmas dinner at our house. Everyone enjoyed Ricky’s Texas brisket! I ended up making it a more informal buffet at the last minute because Dad got up feeling a bit feverish, and for awhile I was afraid we might have to take him to the ER. That lasted several hours, so we had him sit in the living room recliner and we all got our own plates. The children were fed at the big table and the rest of us joined Dad in the living room and chatted as we all ate. The young children fed Samster under the table as he urged them on shamelessly. We talked to our own children in Nevada and Colorado, and they were doing pretty well. ( Don’t know if I mentioned it, but Grandbaby Andy’s parents in Colorado are expecting a baby girl this summer ! YAAAAY! More grandchildren! ) Toward the end of the evening, Dad’s low-grade fever broke and his energy returned in a rush–just in time to get ready for bed. So I guess all’s well that ends well. I’m very thankful for God’s blessings and providence this year!

    Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. :–)

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