Tidings of Comfort and Joy

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Hearts must contemplate this event in history that changed the world. This time, filled with rushing, shopping, and Santa still can’t take away the importance of this great moment in time.

Christ the child left the glory of heaven to save every soul on earth who believes…from the moment he died on the cross…it was finished. The greatest sacrifice of all time.

Search for the child who was born more than two thousand years ago, and lay hold the claim that he is your Savior, King and Father of all.

These are the tidings of great joy!

Merry Christmas to all, and may you have rich blessings in the New Year. Thank you all for spending a few moments of your time to visit me here on Keep a Sharp Eye, I am most grateful!

Grace and Peace,

Diane

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This is the final Five Minute Friday for 2018. What are your thoughts as the year ends?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twice a year I’m torn at Christmas time. Presently we are in Texas for a month’s stay during college break. Why Texas when most of our children are at home in Upstate New York?

I know this now… a dilemma in which other parents find themselves… grown children move away from home. I’ve heard of it often and suffered a pang of sadness, and a bit of anxiety—this could happen to us.

And then it happened to us.

I can’t have my cake and eat it too, I think. I can’t be with all of them at Christmas, and for the moment, we are making an uncomfortable trade-off. Enjoying sun and warmth away from cold and gloomy winter in New York.

Ft. Martin Scott

As I was packing for the trip, my heart was ready to be in Texas, while torn to stay home. Visiting one family means leaving five others, and the familiar places, and sights of snow and cold that I am used to.

In my heart, my children are all with me. Having forgotten the pain of childbirth, but not the bond. I am a visual person. I need to see them, hug them, hear them speak.

Though we do not see the body of Christ, he is here with us in spirit. Our deepest longings are not satisfied with anything but Him. It is the crux of our being. It is how we were created.

Mid-January we will travel back home and the heart will be torn again by separation. Nothing will do to solve this but one day we will reach the heavenly home. Separation will be no more and our longing will be complete.

“Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.”

― Saint Patrick

A merry Christmas to you all, and a blessed New Year!