Then we played and we played some more. GI Joes and Barbie dolls going out together to save the world. Christmas was all about the dream and the imagination, along with all the love and joy a family could give. We probably don't realize how good it was, until it's gone or changed. Then it's the turn of the next generation to dream and to play.
Mamaw found Amy Leigh's stocking and hung it on the mantle. Wow, you can't imagine such hopping, jumping, and running from our first and only grandbaby. Even though she is only five, she can stir a Quaker meeting and raise the dead on a good day with her jumps and squeals. This was one of those days. She raised me, who was nearly across the river. What? What is it? What's the matter? It's a Christmas stocking hanging on the mantle with care. A what? Oh, ok. I see now. It's the next generation's turn to jump for joy with imagination and peace on earth.
Is Christmas Day when Jesus came? Is it time for Him to come again?
Matthew 24 says, Be ready for it. Ready or not, He is coming again. Be
prepared. It is coming and He is coming again. He came the first time and we remember, but we also remember that He is going to come again for us all who believe. This is our hope, peace, joy, and love of Christmas. He is coming for all those who believe. Isn't it exciting? What a time to be born in a country that still believes in Christ and Christmas. In the hills, we may not have had many of the modern conveniences of others in the cities, but we always have plenty of love for God and for His only begotten Son named Jesus. Since He lives, we live. Since He came, then we know He is coming again. Joy in the hills comes from Christ, the church, and the family. He gives us love from the others who love us and care for us. Dad and Mom always made sure we had plenty on Christmas, even if it meant ordering it from Wards on credit.
They always paid our bill. Jesus will give you more than you can imagine if you believe. Do you believe? He is coming back to town. He has paid your bill, so we look to Christ for our Christmas. We celebrate His birthday.
Happy Birthday to King Jesus.