May the Joy of the Birth of Jesus be birthed in your heart.

 In an age of uncertainty, this season of the year is a time when many of the minds and hearts of men turn think about Jesus. He who came down from heaven to bring to man comfort and joy, calls to men and women, come unto me.  Especially in this season, hearts are more open to love and receive love.

Although many rush about buying gifts and preparing for Christmas, the context they do it in is one in which reminders of the reason for the season abound. Songs mentioning Jesus and why He came are interspersed throughout the songs played on the sound systems of Malls and stores.

There are those who go through the whole season and come out into the New Year with empty hearts. Those of us that know personally the Lord Jesus Christ will have more opportunities at this time of year to share the love of Jesus and speak of His grace, than any other time of the year. What a privilege to be able to answer the  question that my actions of kindness and the joy of my countenance engender.

Dr. Irene Ashely use to say to me some days, "I need Jesus with skin on." Oh how much this is the cry of the world and the church. My favorite poem clearly expresses the cry of the world and a  church full of wounded men and women, boys and girls. Edgar Guest put it this way:

I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day,

I'd rather one would walk with me than merely tell the way,

The eyes a better pupil  and more willing than the ear.

Fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear

And the best of all the preachers are the ones who live their creed

For to see good put in action is what every body needs.

Although there are other verses, the essence of the message is in this first verse. Edgar Guest caught the cry of a people tired of religion and unwilling to allow men and women to carry on without example.

So this season, look for some way to demonstrate the Lord Jesus Christ in word and in deed, for Paul said'  "Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord jesus Christ.


Dr. and Mrs Wm. J. Hurst