December 10, 2011


"Behold, I say unto you that none of the prophets have written,
nor prophesied, save they have spoken concerning the Christ.
And it also has been made manifest unto me by the power of the Holy Ghost;
where, I knw if there should be no atonement made,
all mankind must be lost."


Carol of the Shepherds


Keeping Baby Warm

by Lynda H. Laughlin
It was an inexpensive dime-store Nativity set,
and he was only three years old. His back was
toward me, but I could see that his chubby little
hands were busily working on something at the
old table.

"What are you doing?" I asked him impatiently,
annoyed at him for touching the decorations after
he had been told not to.
As I started toward the scene of his latest
mischief, he turned toward me with wide blue
eyes filling and a single tear starting down his
cherubic cheek. Then I saw it. A carefully folded
tissue had been tenderly placed over the small
ceramic infant.
"Baby Jesus was cold, Mommy," he whispered.
Ten years have passed, and the tiny Nativity has
been replaced by a much larger one. But this
year, as every year, I found a carefully folded
tissue covering the baby Jesus. I think I know
who did it, and I hope he never stops

Christmas Prayer

by Robert Louis Stevenson
"Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts. May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake, Amen!"

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