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 LAST WORDS FOR DECEMBER 2018

ADVENT 1

SUNDAY 2nd. DECEMBER 2018


  Here we are again, at the first Sunday in Advent and beginning of the Christian year. As we look towards Christmas and our giving this year, I thought I would share with you this little anecdotal story.


  There was a boy living in a remote village in a foreign country where poverty was so prevalent that even policemen as well as children from poor families, all went barefoot. Little Daniel’s father was having a hard time providing for his wife and child, and decided to cross the border to a neighbouring country with the hope of securing employment. He promised his wife that he would send her money as soon as possible. Unfortunately, he was involved in an accident and had to be in in a government hospital to recover from his injuries.

  That Christmas Eve, the local church had a Christmas program for the village dwellers. Danny’s mother was not feeling well, with her permission, he went to the Christmas activities with a neighbour’s family. He took with him a little toy truck which he had inherited from a friend the previous Christmas season. One wheel was missing, the original shiny paint had faded, and the dirt was showing where the paint was missing; nevertheless, it was the only toy little Danny had, and it went whenever he went.

   The Christmas program went quite well. Then, towards the end of the religious service, the pastor reminded his parishioners that they were celebrating Jesus’ birthday and encouraged the people to offer a gift for the baby that had been born in Bethlehem two thousand years before. Danny wanted to show somehow that he was grateful for what Jesus had done for him, but he had no money, not even a penny. His only possession was his old, dilapidated and dirty little toy truck. It took a real struggle, but as the offering basket came near, he made the resolve to give to Jesus his cherished possession.

  When the deacons got together to count the money, they noticed the little toy truck, and one of them remarked: “I wonder who did this! I don’t understand how in the world someone would put anything like this old, broken and dirty toy truck in the offering basket!”? But another deacon, who had seen the boy placing the toy in the offering basket responded: “That offering was from Danny. I visited the family a few days ago. They live in a thatched roof hut with a dirt floor. Her husband is ill in a foreign country. As far as I am concerned this is the most valuable offering, we have received this evening.” I am going to write about this and send it to the local paper, and put the little toy truck on E-bay for sale.”

  The Deacon, did this and a rich man, who had read the newspaper Christmas story, purchased the item for the equivalent of around one thousand dollars. Thus, the dirty, broken, and dilapidated toy truck became the most valuable offering collected that Christmas Eve.

What most treasured possessions do you and I have, to

offer  to Jesus this year?






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2nd. Sunday of Advent   

SUNDAY 9th. DECEMBER 2018


   ANOTHER ADVENT STORY.

During the long war- years a boy looked frequently at a picture of his daddy on the table. He had left when the boy was a young infant. After several years the boy had forgotten him as a person but he would often look at the picture and say, “If only my father could step out of that picture and be real….”

The person who wrote this story reminds us Christmas means that in a sad day of sin when man had almost forgotten God, He stepped into the world in the form of His Son.

This is the incredible story of Christmas. The world in constant rebellion against God had fallen far away from Him and the Father not wanting to destroy His creation decided to give us a last chance to be redeemed. Yet when we look around us today, we might well ask if the world has forgotten about Him again.

Do we look at the pictures of the first Christmas and wish that Jesus would step out of our pictures and return again this Christmas? We are at war with the dark forces that surround us every day. Perhaps we think that Jesus is far away. But that is not the case. He is with us all the time in the person of the Holy Spirit. He steps out of our pictures and into us, and in us the world can know Him in today,

  As His body now on earth we have to live as He has taught us, commanded us and shown us by example. The heart of His personality is love. That love should shine out through us. But, does it?

  Advent is the time when we can make an extra effort to bring Jesus into the lives of those living in darkness of different kinds. We can step down to where they are and through the way we support. accept without judgement, and bring them comfort and love, bring Jesus into their lives this Christmas.  

 Jesus’ coming brought forgiveness, to those who accepted Him and we need to make forgiveness one of the greatest gifts we can give to one another at any time.

So, let us bring Jesus home for Christmas and welcome others to meet Him in us.

Advent blessings,

      Marian S .C. L.





LAST WORDS FOR NOVEMBER 2018

4 th. Sunday of Advent