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Posted 24 December 2006 - 08:01 PM

Somehow, not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
by John Greenleaf Whittier


Not he who has much is rich,
but he who gives much.
by Erich Fromm


Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice!
Now ye hear of endless bliss:
Joy! Joy!
Jesus Christ was born for this.
He hath opened the heavenly door,
And man is blest for evermore.
Christ was born for this.
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Posted 10 November 2007 - 10:35 PM

A musical Christmas poem "Sweet Baby Jesus" (scroll down a bit to see):

http://www.share-chr...oems/babejesus/

Another musical poem "In a Little Village" (scroll down to see it):

http://www.share-chr.../poems/village/


Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world - stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death - and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas.
-- Henry Van Dyke

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 07:12 PM

God Gave a Savior

Tami Weissert: How often do you thank Jesus for being your Savior? Here's Woodrow Kroll with the Bible Minute:

Luke 2 not only records the birth of the baby, Jesus; but it also records stories of two people who encountered Jesus as a young baby. Simeon is the man who took Jesus and he praised God for the child. And the other person was Anna. Luke 2:36, 37and 38 records her story. "Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple...She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child [Jesus] to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem" (Luke 2:36-38, NLT, paraphrases).

Notice what her thanksgiving is all about. She is thanking God that there is a Savior.

Tami Weissert: God gave His greatest gift to you. Take some time to thank Him for it.
from Bibleminute.org.


Another beautiful poem with Christmas music about the humble birth of Christ:

http://www.share-chr...ms/humblebirth/

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 01:39 AM

Some Children See Him
By Alfred Burt


Some children see Him lily white
the infant Jesus born this night
Some children see Him lily white
with tresses soft and fair

Some children see Him bronzed and brown
the Lord of heav'n to earth come down
Some children see Him bronzed and brown
with dark and heavy hair (with dark and heavy hair!)

Some children see Him almond-eyed
This Saviour whom we kneel beside
Some children see Him almond-eyed
With skin of yellow hue!

Some children see Him dark as they
Sweet Mary's Son to whom we pray
Some children see Him dark as they
And, ah! they love Him so!

The children in each different place
Will see the Baby Jesus' face
Like theirs but bright with heav'nly grace
And filled with holy light!

O lay aside each earthly thing
and with thy heart as offering
Come worship now the infant King
'tis love that's born tonight!

'tis love that's born tonight!

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 01:57 AM

As A Baby Jesus Came
By M.S.Lowndes

As a baby Jesus came
From His home above
He left His throne and who He was
To teach us how to love

As a baby Jesus came
Wrapped in swaddling cloth
Willingly took on humanity
Though He was one with God

As a baby Jesus came
To one day grow to be
The saviour of the human race
People like you and me

As a baby Jesus came
As God’s eternal light
That will never be extinguish
But forever shine out bright

As a baby Jesus came
The hope of eternal life
Reconciling us back to God
Giving meaning to our lives

As a man Jesus died
His blood poured out for all
Cleansing and forgiving us
For to this He was called

We thank Him that He came a babe
And grew to be man
And for His sacrificial love
His nailed scarred feet and hands

Through it all we can live on
With Jesus Christ our Lord
The babe that came that first Christmas
Is what we thank Him for

© By M.S.Lowndes

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 02:08 AM

Silent Night

Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
round yon virgin mother and child,
Holy infant so tender and mild,
sleep in Heavenly peace!
sleep in Heavenly peace!

Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight;
glories stream from Heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ, the Saviour, is born!
Christ, the Saviour, is born!

Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, Love's pure light
radiant beams from Thy Holy face,
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 02:45 AM

"..And while they were there, the time came for her delivery, and she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn..." - Luke 2: 6-7

And Jesus was born!

Jesus the king of kings and Lord of Lords was not born in a mansion, nor was He born to wealthy parents. He was born of lowly means in a stable because there was no room for Him in the inn. He didn’t come here to be treated as a king, or someone of noble standing. He didn’t come here to live in a mansion, or live a life of ease. He came to save the lost – which is all mankind.

So let us celebrate the Lord and thank Him for the sacrifice He made in leaving His throne in glory, to come as an ordinary person like you and I, and give up His life for us.

Jesus was born on Christmas day
And for this very reason we celebrate

By M.S.Lowndes

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 04:56 PM

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by.
Yet in the dark streets shineth
The everlasting light.
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently
The wonderous gift is giving
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessing of his heaven.
No ear may hear His coming
But in this world of sin
Where meek souls will receive him still
The dear Christ enters in.

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 08:51 PM

Here's a poem that others living in warm, year round climates might enjoy! I know many of you in "snow country" still enjoy these beautiful scenes. :)


Christmas Long Ago
A Christmas Poem by Jo Geis


Frosty days and ice-still nights,
Fir trees trimmed with tiny lights,
Sound of sleigh bells in the snow,
That was Christmas long ago.

Tykes on sleds and shouts of glee,
Icy-window filigree,
Sugarplums and candle glow,
Part of Christmas long ago.

Footsteps stealthy on the stair,
Sweet-voiced carols in the air,
Stocking hanging in a row,
Tell of Christmas long ago.

Starry nights so still and blue,
Good friends calling out to you,
Life, so fact, will always slow...
For dreams of Christmas long ago.

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 05:45 PM

“I invite you to reach out in love to a needy child and give that boy or girl something valuable -- love and hope.” Patty Anglin


Hopefully we will seek to help a needy or sad child all year long....but we can also be on the lookout for such a child around Christmas. We never know what burdens a family might be bearing (ill health, money problems, etc)....this can weigh heavily on a child sometimes. Although a gift is nice and fun for a child, they also sometimes need a word of hope and encouragement....as all of us do.
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Posted 14 December 2007 - 06:26 PM

The mother of Jesus Christ was Mary. And this is how the birth of Jesus happened. Mary was engaged to marry Joseph. But before they married, Mary learned that she was pregnant with a child. Mary was pregnant by {the power of} the Holy Spirit. Mary's husband, Joseph, was a good man. He did not want to bring shame to Mary before the people. So he planned to divorce her secretly. But after Joseph thought about this, an angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream. The angel said, "Joseph, son of David, don't be afraid to accept Mary to be your wife. The baby that is in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son. You will name the son Jesus. Give him that name because he will save his people from their sins." All this happened to make clear the full meaning of the things the Lord said through the prophet : "The virgin will be pregnant and will give birth to a son. They will name him Immanuel." (Immanuel means, "God with us.") When Joseph woke up, he did the thing that the Lord's angel told him to do. Joseph married Mary. But Joseph had no sexual union with Mary until she gave birth to the son. And Joseph named the son Jesus.

— Matthew 1:18-25
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 03:34 AM

Jesus is the holy one
Who lived with us on earth
Sent down from God our father
So miraculous was His birth
Although born the king of kings
He lived a servant’s life
He showed us all how to live
And placed His love inside

© By M.S.Lowndes

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 12:30 AM

The Christmas Meaning

I'm thinking of the wonderous sounds
As carolers come singing from all around
I'm thinking of that special day
When all the family is here to stay
I'm thinking of the decorating the fun
The joyous feeling in everyone
I'm thinking about the presents, the joy
the happy face on every girl and boy
And when im thinking about all this
I'm thinking about what the Christmas meaning really is,
About Christ being born to forgive all our sins.

poem by Ashley Hays

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 10:27 PM

Let Every Day Be Christmas
by Norman W. Brooks

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself.



Christmas gift suggestions:
by Oren Arnold

To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 08:22 PM

Don't Forget Jesus

Christmas is a special time
To reflect on Jesus Christ
The wonder of His lowly birth
Brings meaning to our lives

There really is no other reason
We celebrate this day
The birth of God’s precious son
And the life He willingly gave

But so much seems to distract us
In the busy-ness of our lives
We lose our focus in all the happenings
Not knowing, we leave out Christ

We lose sight of the true meaning
As we endlessly rush about
Trying to find that perfect gift
Seems to cloud our Saviour out

We need to stop and reflect awhile
Remembering our precious Lord
His birth, His life and sacrifice
And all that He stands for

For though the world may celebrate
It seems though for other reasons
Let’s keep in mind that Jesus Christ
Is the true meaning of the season

© By M.S.Lowndes
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 09:26 PM

A hug is the perfect Christmas gift, one size fits all and it's easily returned.

May peace be more than a season. May it be a way of life!

May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; The spirit of Christmas which is peace; The heart of Christmas which is love.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 06:32 PM

Christmas Acrostic

C is for the Child born that night to be our light. (John 8:12)
H is for holy is His name. (Rev.4:8)
R is for rejoice with gladness & joy. (Luke 1:14)
I is for Immanuel, God with us. (Is.7:14,) John 1:14)
S is for the star that led the Wise men to Him. (Matt.2:2)
T is for the truth & grace that was sent our way. (John 1:14)
M is for Mother Mary laying Him in swaddling clothes in the manger. (Luke 2:7)
A is for angels singing songs of joy. (Luke 2:14)
S is for salvation.


by Johnnie DesRochers.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 12:04 AM

Debp,

Thank you for this topic. I have enjoyed and printed off some of the poems to save on my computer and re-read. May I ask where you got the poems written by M.S.Lowndes?
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Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:44 PM

Debp,

Thank you for this topic. I have enjoyed and printed off some of the poems to save on my computer and re-read. May I ask where you got the poems written by M.S.Lowndes?


Hi Me2, really nice to see you back! Merry Christmas!

M.S. Lowndes has a website...I forgot the name just now...I think it might be Heavens Inspirations. But she allows people to use her poetry for non-commercial uses.
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Posted 16 December 2010 - 02:06 AM

Thanks Deb,
After I wrote the question to you I thought, why not do a google search. I did and found the site you mentioned. I printed off several. I have a lovely neighbor lady and each year for her birthday or Christmas make a gift of poetry. I used several of this ladies for this Christmas. I add clip art to them & have a good time doing so. I am back but don't know how regularly I'll be. We are getting another fairly big snow tonight so that means I'll have to shovel my sidewalk when it stops. The city will fine us $50 if we don't get them cleaned up within 24 hrs. They don't care if you're elderly or what. I have bad knees...arthritis..and it's not a fun job. Sometimes I have another friendly neighbor who does it for me. My lady friend who I print off poetry also has to do her sidewalk and she is in her 80's but really can work circles around me. Love her very much. Sorry to keep going on. Posted Image
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