Before Christmas everyone was busy "decorating"...Christmas trees, cookies
Mother Nature decided to try her hand
at it too and she really went overboard. She went to work on the trees and
glazed each twig and every branch. She made intricate designs out of weeds
and grasses. The iced woven wire fences were done in ornamental filigree.
Looking out on this decorated world,
it reminded me of a beautifully decorated wedding cake - with dreamy peaks
and showy artistry.
But she was careless when doing her
decorating and the spilled icing underfoot wasn't
appreciated by anyone.
There was more than one dairyman who
would gladly have traded this winter wonderland for a day in May as he sat
alongside the cows, milking "by hand" because the electricity was off. When
you aren't in practice those arm muscles tire in a hurry!
FAMILY observes Christmas in a different way. Some have their activities
on Christmas Eve; others wait until Christmas day.
Some families always have lutefisk and
lefse; others enjoy oyster stew or plum pudding. These traditions weave past
and present into one happy tune.
YOU considered ham for Christmas dinner, you probably got to wondering
what happened to the pig after you sold it at 18 cents a pound. that could
make ham worth more than 90 cents a pound.
Was the pig sent
on a expensive excursion around the world...or did Midas touch it and make it
Christmas is - greetings...and
hospitality...and family,,,and excite-ment. But through it all we are aware
of its true meaning and each year the blessed story grows more dear to us.
IN A STABLE
Oh, lowly barn,
Tonight you softly beckon me
To pause in your abode.
No dainty nursery
I probe the
My voice breaks
"Why would He
leave a heavenly
To come to
earth for this?"
Then a soft
sound answers me,
It so clearly
"For you! For
And cows and
kittens join the
"For you! For
II Cor. 8:9 "For
you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for
your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich."