"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."
~ Calvin Coolidge ~
Former President of the United States
As I read the above quote last Friday, I wondered what I would write about. Immediately I thought about all the people I know who embody the above qualities: those who cherish peace and goodwill, are plenteous in mercy. God has been so faithful to surround me with such godly, Christmas-minded people. It was fitting that I read that quote the week of my sweet son's spiritual birthday. I didn't write much about him that day, as I did when his sister had her spiritual birthday this summer, but this quote is so befitting of him that I'm glad I waited. In fact, it makes me all the more glad that his spiritual birthday is in the Christmas season. Here are some pictures that portray what I'm talking about. Please view them and read these words, not from the perspective of a boastful mom, which I cannot be as I cannot take credit for what God is doing in his life. But, view them in much the same mindset as those who visited the manger... those getting a first-hand look at something that God Himself was bringing about. That's how we can all view our children, don't you think? God is doing something wonderful! And just like that Christmas so long ago, He is bringing about some of His most awesome works through children...
"A state of mind..."
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
Kyle's baptism day, Dec. 13, 2003
"' I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these ...you did for Me.' " Matthew 25:40
"... is to have the real spirit of Christmas."
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for first revealing the spirit of Christmas in the incarnation of Your Son. Thank you for continuing to reveal it to me in the lives of others, including my own son. I stand in awe as I watch You raise up a generation who lives out the real spirit of Christmas and will boldy declare Your name among the nations. Amen
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