Dear He IS Able Blog Friends~(Who I am grateful for and appreciate and hold dear to my heart.)
“And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” Luke 2:16-20 KJV
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Last night Dave and I went to Christmas Eve Services at Northland Church. It is listed on the right side of the blog under favorite blogs...you can watch the hour long service by clicking on it. I tell you it was an amazing service! First of all, Dave went with me...just to be my escort, but it made me so happy...and I prayed even more fervently for his and Josh's Salvation. I was so glad he went, and of course hearing God's Word does not go void...it impacts everyone's hearts. Anyway...the music was phenomenal!
I must tell you that I wrote tomorrow's (Monday's) post on Friday. Well, when you read what I am about to share...and then read tomorrow's post...you will be as shocked as I was! The sermon was the first time I have ever heard one like this...it was the Christmas Story from Luke Chapter 2, from the Shepherds in the field point of view. It was inspiring. It was beautiful. The church I have attended is huge...it seats about 10,000 people I think, but you still get that close-knit feeling. It's the people. When they shared about the Heavenly Host, they used the church lights to make little circles of very bright white circles all over the dark room...they shut off all other lights. They represented the Heavenly Host. It was beautiful. It kept me speechless and excited at the same time. I was so glad that I went. And, now that they don't use pews, I may be able to attend on a weekly basis, because with my disabilities, it is so hard to sit in a pew. These are much more comfortable and all pivoted toward the center slightly...so we can all see everything happening on the...I don't know the proper word for this...the stage or the pulpit? Is a pulpit the item that a Pastor may stand behind when lecturing that holds his notes? Or is it the area that the whole team stands on, like a stage? In Hebrew and in synagogues the Bimah (Bee-ma) is the whole stage area...and the pulpit is the item that holds the microphone and the Torah (The first 5 books of the Bible). I would love to know, if you know, please let me know. Thank you!
Oh, there was a candle light portion of the service. But, they used battery operated candles for everyone. Apparently, there was a mis-hap a few years ago…someone injured herself with her candle! It just wasn't the same. I loved seeing all of the white lights shining every where you looked in the past. It reminded me of white for purity, and the Light that shines within myself and others. Now, they use orange colored candle flames...it just wasn’t the same to me.
I'd love to know what you did on Christmas Eve! How about sharing if you have some time?
I know, you are here to see who won the:
"Very Merry Christmas Blog Candy!"
The prizes include:
**An awesome Ash2Ash CD (Click on the words "Rise Up" and turn up your volume on your computer! Get ready to Praise the Lord! I love this song and the whole CD!)
**Rubber stamps: 1. "Jesus is the reason for the Season"
2. Stampington Company-"Large Donner"
3. and 4. A set of Acrylic Studio G stamps onfriendship and thanks
5. A Hampton Art-Studio G"Thinking of you in Prayer."
6. A stamp of a noise maker...one you may find at a birthday party
**A beautiful murano glass cross
**Silver Craft Cord
**A Christmas music CD
**One glazed Nativity Scene Ornament with Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus
**Spool of Town and Country Ribbon- red with green hearts for all year use
**A Sizzix Impressions Embossing Folder.
**I will include some extra goodies also!
We will be continuing the "Weekly He IS Able Card Set Give-Away" until further notice! So, please get a new comment in by Tuesday evening at 8pm (Eastern time-USA) to be eligible! The person's comment and the number of cards/envelopes given (1-10) will be announced on Wednesday! The winner has until the next Tuesday evening at 8 O'clock to email me with your mailing address.
The Winner of the "Very Merry Christmas Blog Candy" is...
Congratulations, Shelly! I hope you will really enjoy this arrangement of goodies! Please email me your snail-mailing address, (Even though I may have it) to show that you would like to receive these exciting items! I need to receive that email by Saturday, December 31st at Midnight, or you may forfeit it! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Praying you all experience the love of Jesus Christ today and always, and that you will share that with others who may not yet know Him. Please be safe travelling. I am so glad you have all been here. I pray you will continue to visit us on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays!
He IS Able!Traci Starkweather