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    As you well know, we are getting closer to my birthday.
    Every year there is a celebration in my honor and I think that
    this year the celebration will be repeated.
    During this time there are many people shopping for gifts, there
    are many radio announcements,
    TV commercials, and in every part of the world everyone is talking that my birthday is getting closer and closer.
    It is really very nice to know, that at least once a year, some people think of me.
    As you know, the celebration of my birthday began many years ago.
    At first people seemed to understand and be thankful of all that I did for them, but in these times, no one seems to know the reason for the celebration.
    Family and friends get together and have a lot of fun, but they don't know the meaning of the celebration.
    I remember that last year there was a great feast in my honor. The dinner table was full of delicious foods, pastries, fruits, assorted nuts and chocolates.
    The decorations were exquisite and there were many, many beautifully wrapped gifts. But, do you want to know something?
    I wasn't invited.
    I was the guest of honor and they didn't remember to send me an invitation.
    The party was for me, but when that great day came, I was left outside, they closed the door in my face.........
    and I wanted to be with them and share their table.
    In truth, that didn't surprise me because in the last few years all close their doors to me.
    Since I was not invited, I decided to enter the party without making any noise. I went in and stood in a corner. They were all drinking; there were some who were drunk and telling jokes and laughing at everything. They were having a great time.
    To top it all, this big fat man all dressed in red wearing a long white beard entered the room yelling Ho-Ho-Ho! He seemed drunk. He sat on the sofa and all the children ran to him, saying : "Santa Claus, Santa Claus"... as if the party were in his honor !
    At 12 midnight all the people began to hug each other ;
    I extended my arms waiting for someone to hug me and ....
    do you know .... no one hugged me.
    Suddenly they all began to share gifts. They opened them one by one with great expectation. When all had been opened, I looked to see if, maybe, there was one
    for me.
    What would you feel if on your birthday everybody shared gifts and you did not get one ?
    I then understood that I was unwanted at that party and quietly left.
    Every year it gets worse. People only remember to eat and drink, the gifts, the parties and nobody remembers me.
    I would like this Christmas that you allow me to enter into your life. I would like that you recognize the fact that almost two thousand years ago I came to this world to give my life for you, on the cross, to save you.
    Today, I only want that you believe this with all your heart. I want to share something with you. As many didn't invite me to their party, I will have my own celebration, a grandiose party that no one has ever imagined, a spectacular party.
    I'm still making the final arrangements.

    Today I am sending out many invitations and there is an invitation for you I want to know if you wish to attend and I will make a reservation for you and write your name with golden letters in my great guest book.
    Only those on the guest list will be invited to the party. Those who don't answer the invitation, will be left outside.
    Do you know how you can answer this invitation? it is by extending it to others whom you care for...
    I'll be waiting for all of you to attend my party this year... See you soon .


    I love you!
    -JESUS CHRIST -
    Mike

    Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
    www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

  • #2
    Very true Mike. Sometime we forget He is the reason for the Season. Thanks for the reminder...
    Chuck D


    When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman.
    Jean De La Bruyere...

    l
    Hegner 18, Delta p-20, Griz 14 inch Band saw

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    • #3
      I couldn't agree more -- well said mike
      Sharon

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      • #4
        Actually, Friday Dec. 22 is the celebration of Yule. This was a pagan holiday long before it was a christian holiday. Many of the traditions were part of Yule celebrations. Kriss Kringle (name sound familiar?), the Germanic pagan god of war was one of the key deities celebrated on this event, the Yule log, exchanging gifts, caroling, wassailing (whatever the heck that is) and decorating evergreen trees were all originally part of the Yule celebration. Fortunately, the christians didn't adopt the sacrifices as well .
        To each their own. It's great that we live in a place where we're all free to celebrate our own beliefs without fear of persecution.
        Sooo, Happy Yule, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanza, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
        Kevin
        Scrollsaw Patterns Online
        Making holes in wood with an EX-30, Craftsman 16" VS, Dremel 1680 and 1671

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        • #5
          Kevin, very well said. Easter was originally a pagan holiday also. What is important though is what we christians gather for, to remember and celebrate.
          Mike

          Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
          www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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          • #6
            Well said Mike,
            We are all so busy this time of year we need to slow down and remember the reason for CHRISTmas.
            Bill
            Delta P-20

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