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Oh, Father God, my heart grieves for the people of Newtown, CT and all who experienced loss in that tragedy. Please be with them to give them comfort. Some might ask how You could allow such a thing to happen, but I know it wasn’t You, but evil at its worst that day. Some might ask where You were that morning. I know You were there, and that in the midst of all the horror, it was You willing miracles to happen and protecting more from being injured or killed. It was You who prompted a teacher to act quickly and pull a frightened young boy from the hallway and into her classroom for safety as shots were being fired. It was You who gave teachers the instincts to gather children together and out of harm’s way. It was You who provided courage to those who lost their lives in their effort to protect the precious children. In time, I believe more acts of miracles will come to be known and told.
Oh, Lord, these people need You now more than ever. How will they go on? How will they find their way through Christmas with the heavy grief they bear? How will they help their children cope with all that has happened? How will they resume their lives? Please be with them, God, as they seek to find answers to these questions. Please give the parents, families, loved ones, friends, spiritual leaders, and all in that community the strength, wisdom and help they need to survive and help each other. I pray that they won’t let this situation cause them to doubt You or turn away from You. No, instead I pray they will turn to You to be their strength, refuge, and very present help in time of need.
We live in a fallen world, but we have the hope in Christ of a home with You, a home of peace where there will be no violence, famine, strife, disease, or death. The Bible says there will be no gates for there will be no need for them. All will be safe and well. There is comfort in knowing the precious lives lost have found their home in You, that they are now with You in heaven, and for that we give praise, but honestly it’s still hard to understand why or how this tragedy happened, and why these lives were lost. It seems they were taken way too soon. So please be with us all, God. Help us to help each other. In the coming days as we look toward Christmas, may we be even more aware and thankful for the Christ Child who was born to be our Savior, whose birth we celebrate, for in Him we find hope, which is especially needed in these difficult times.
I pray also for the young man who now grieves the loss of his mother and brother, and must also carry the burden of what his brother has done. I hope others treat him with compassion. Lord be with him.
Also, please help us learn more about the mental problems that led to these killings so that we can help others.
Heavenly Father, sadly and humbly we share our heavy hearts with You. May You continue to be at work in the fallout from this tragegy as we claim the promise of Romans 8:28, and may all glory be unto You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
The house was still dark in the pre-dawn hour, yet already my mind was racing
with all I had to do that day, the busy schedule I’d be chasing.
I needed to wake the boys for school; then the busyness would begin,
so first I took a quick moment to pray, and that’s when I saw Him.
He was lying in His manger bed, peaceful and still as could be,
and all who gathered ‘round Him, were gazing adoringly.
There was no sense of movement. All took pause in that moment of time,
for the angel said He was the Savior was born, God’s gift to all mankind.
From the shepherd boy to the wealthy and wise, all were humbled at the sight
of the baby born to save the world on that fateful Christmas night.
The men who traveled from afar brought gifts to be treasured and saved,
but the shepherd boy gave what pleased the Babe most, for of his heart he gave.
It was there in the glow of Christmas lights, my eyes fell on the nativity scene,
In that moment I was reminded of what Christmas really means.
It means taking time to pause and reflect, even bow on bended knee,
to honor the Savior, Immanuel, who was born for you and me,
When we come into His presence, we should offer Him our best,
God did just that when He gave us the Son, in hopes that all would be blessed.
My day was still busy, but my heart was at ease, in fact it was filled with joy!
I’d taken a moment to be blessed by the sight of the Holy baby boy.
May the love of God and the hope of Christ be with you in all of your days,
And in keeping His presence with you, may you be blessed in awesome ways!
– Renee Myers, Christmas 2012
“Whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31
It’s that time of year again! Time to arm yourself with loads of candy canes and become a Candy Cane Crusader for Christ!
A Candy Cane Crusader for Christ is someone who gives out candy canes and cheerfully says, “Merry Christmas!”
I was first inspired to do this after learning that many retail stores, restaurants, and business establishments were no longer allowing their employees to say, “Merry Christmas”. I was appalled! Since then, some businesses have gone even farther by omitting the word ‘Christmas’ from their ads and displays. For instance, they advertise Christmas trees, but call them ‘holiday trees’. What?! Christmas is what it’s all about!
“Well,” I thought, “they can’t say Merry Christmas to me, but I can say it to them!” That’s when I became a Candy Cane Crusader for Christ! I started handing out candy canes and saying, “Merry Christmas!” The candy cane symbolizes Jesus Christ, so when I share a candy cane, I’m sharing Jesus, too.
For eight years now I’ve been keeping a stash of mini candy canes in my purse. I give out as many as I can throughout the day to people I encounter. Often I prepare them ahead of time by attaching a copy of the Legend of the Candy Cane. In addition to sharing candy canes with those who assist you at cash registers, put a smile on the face of a teenager at the drive-up window by giving hmi/her a candy cane and say, “Merry Christmas!” Better yet, give that person a whole handful and tell him/her to share them with the rest of their crew! Candy canes cheer up grumpy shoppers and fussy chidren, reward kids you catch being good, and are great to share with others while you wait in lines. It always makes people smile, and sometimes it’s just what someones needs to give them a little ‘pick me up’. We keep candy canes in our newspaper box with a note telling passers by to help themselves. I attach the Legend of the Candy Cane poem about Jesus on those.
One year our family gave out over 1,000 candy canes with the Legend of the Candy Cane poem attached! Most were given to With Love from Jesus run by Joy McGuire. Joy and her helpers shared them when they ministered to homeless people and people in shelters on Christmas Eve. She fed them cups of hot chili, gave each person a gift, shared the Gospel with them, and passed out the candy canes! Friends from church pitched in and we donated over 3,000 candy canes to Joy to use for her Christmas Eve ministries.
C’mon and join us! Become a Candy Cane Crusader for Christ and start giving out candy canes, too! Remember, when you do, you’re not just keeping Christ in Christmas, you’re sharing Christ, too!
Here are two Candy Cane Poems about Jesus you can print to attach to your candy canes. I can also email you a page already typed with multiple copies of the poem on one page so that all you have to do is print, cut, and attach. Just send me an email request, and I’ll respond with the Candy Cane poem attachment. (See email address below.)
THE CANDY CANE (1)
Look at the Candy Cane, What do you see?
Stripes that are red like the blood shed for me.
White is for my Savior, Who is sinless and pure.
“J” is for Jesus, my Lord, that’s for sure!
Turn it around and a staff you will see,
Jesus my Shepherd was born for ME!
THE CANDY CANE (2)
It’s just a little Christmas treat, but also did you know?
It represents our Savior born so long ago.
The shape is like a “J” to symbolize His name.
The white is for His life, holy without blame.
The stripe of red is for His blood so pure and freely given,
That we might spend eternity with our Lord in heaven!
Please let me know if you become a Candy Cane Crusader for Christ, too! You can reply to this post or send me an email to ReneeMyers@carolina.rr.com
CHRISTmas blessings to all!