Forgotten Gifts By Brenda Drake

            This the time of year when we search for gifts to show our love and appreciation for those on our shopping list.  With a world that is seemingly a little off kilter and for many financially tight, perhaps we need to get back to some homemade gifts, and quality time spent enjoying the real reason for our giving on this special day of the year. 

Forgotten Gifts

The gifts most appreciated – the ones that you most need,
Are not forgotten when received.
But these same gifts you may forget to give away,
Like a kind deed and loving words you say.
Another forgotten gift is respect,
When offered to others… their spirit lifts.
You will discover these things truly bless your life
For thoughtful deeds portray the love of Christ.
At Christmastime people scurry to find the perfect gift;
They spend time and money to find and purchase it.
But the things their loved one desires and needs most of all;
Sometimes is one of the forgotten gifts that by the wayside fall.
The elderly may desire extra attention; with old memories refreshed.
Teenagers hunger for some much needed respect.
Babies want to play games on the floor.
Young adults want what their parents rarely do anymore;
Just a hug or a peck on the cheek,
An encouraging word, some emotional strength.
These forgotten gifts are a year-round presents you can give,
That also proves Jesus lives.
These things are not expensive but they are not free;
For it takes a spirit that is sensitive and will from God receive.
He will remind you of overlooked gifts to touch another within,
With the love of Jesus that always these special gifts sends!

II Thessalonians 2:16-17
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

What a Night By Brenda Drake

I have great wonder and respect for the Christmas story.  Being a woman, I wonder at the fact Mary’s great honor and responsibility to give birth and to raise the Son of God.  Like the song we love to sing, we wonder, Mary did you know this baby would become your personal Savior?  Did you know He made the earth you were teaching Him to walk on?  What a wonderful story, what a wonderful love story!

What a Night 

What a night; like no other,
The holy child in the arms of His mother.
God was wrapped up tight,
As the stars He made shined bright.
The heavens watched and angels burst into song.
The frail, tiny baby would right what was wrong.
Within Mary’s heart the promised truth lay;
She gazed into the eyes of God on that day.
Holy, pure majesty placed in her care,
To one day His life-purpose to with the world share.
Holy and precious baby to a virgin born,
Her great joy would one day from her heart be torn.
On another night like no other before,
Her Son became her Savior and Lord.
We too can know and the truth believe,
Because He is Truth and Life new birth we receive.
He lived to die so we are set free,
To rise up as He did to victory.
As we give gifts and celebrate Jesus’ birth,
Keep in mind He is the Father’s gift sent to earth.

Matthew 2:1-2
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

The Star By Brenda Drake

            The wise men saw the star that led them to the One born that made the stars.  Isn’t is an amazing thought the Creator of man, earth, stars, and all beyond loved us so much He came to earth  as a babe born in a lowly manger?  To later die in our place on a cross to save those who would accept His provision for their soul? Indeed the wise still see the sign of the times in our day for His return.

The Star

The star’s appearance caused great joy,
In a manger was born a baby boy.
The son of a carpenter He was trained,
The mystery of His conception within remained.
His purpose of appearing upon the mind;
Caused Mary to ponder many times.
The appearance of a star upon the tree,
Can a holy reminder be.
The Light of the world hung on a tree too.
He that is Light, Love and Life died for me and you.
When the tomb was closed up tight,
Evil believed they snuffed out the Light.
But He is alive! The tomb is empty and bare.
No matter how long you search He is not there.
Now the risen Savior says “Come,
When you believe His life and yours is made one.”
His joy is a gift presented at each days start,
So the Star of Heaven rules within your heart.
Joyfully celebrate the birth of Christ
And rejoice that He is risen in your life.
There is much to look forward too for you see,
The Star of all creation soon returns for thee.

Matthew 2:1-2
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem,  saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”