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Merry Christmas

With the commercialization of Christmas, its real meaning is often obscured. If we aren’t careful, the tinsel and the wrappings will blot out the star and the straw of Bethlehem. What is the real meaning of Christmas?

• Christmas is for family. The song “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is more than just a perennial favorite. It is the desire of almost every one of us.

• Christmas is for friends. Friendship is not about those you’ve known the longest. It is about those who came and never left your side. A friend is someone who walks in when everyone else walks out.  And as Ann Landers said, “It takes a long time to grow an old friend.” So, remember them with a card or a call.

• Christmas is for Christ. Don’t forget whose birthday we celebrate. As the angel said, “Unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord.” Take time to worship him and give to the needy in his name.

Merry Christmas to you and yours from the Paul W. Powell Legacy Library team!

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Today's Devotional

Never Stop Running

A friend told me birthdays are good for you. People who have lots of them usually live a long time. In 2001 I had bypass surgery. I had seven of those suckers – that’s right, seven. That’s all you can have. I wanted to have eight so I could make the Guinness Book of World Records, but my doctor said seven is the maximum.

After the surgery the doctor said, “I think I bought you ten more years.” When nine years was up, I tried to renegotiate. It reminds me of a man who went to the doctor and the doctor gave him six months to live. He didn’t pay his bill, so the doctor gave him another six months. If you know who that doctor is, go to see him.

The truth is, none of us knows how much time is left. No matter your age or stage in life, stay at it and keep “looking to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith.”

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