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Deb Blue 5x7 tighter cropBy Dr. Deb Waterbury

 

jesus_picture_400x4001 On the first day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me, One Perfect Loving Savior.

-And He is perfect. He perfectly lived and perfectly gave Himself as a sacrifice so that we might live forever. (Romans 3:21-26)

mary-and-joseph2 On the second day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me, two trusted servants, and One Perfect Loving Savior.

-Mary and Joseph believed the angel when he told them of what this pregnancy would mean. Aren’t you grateful that their faith began our path? (Matthew 2:18-25; Luke 1:26-38)

we-three-kings3 On the third day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me, three wise men, two trusted servants, and One Perfect Loving Savior.

-What an amazing gift to be given so many witnesses of our Savior’s birth, even to three men who  were also told about the coming of the great Messiah. (Matthew 2:1-12)

dividing-jesus-clothes4 On the fourth day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me, four pieces of clothing, three wise men, two trusted servants, and One Perfect Loving Savior.

-When Jesus died, the soldiers divided His belongings up among themselves, one for each of the four soldiers. God used these Roman soldiers, who were unaware of Holy Scripture, to fulfill the prophecy in Psalm 22:18. (John 19:23-24)

kids-bible-jesus-feeding-the-50005 On the fifth day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me, five thousand men, four pieces of clothing, three wise men, two trusted servants, and One Perfect Loving Savior.

-Jesus fed 5000 men, not counting women and children, with only five barley loaves and two fish. How much more can He do in our lives with what we may see as only a little? (John 6:1-13)

water-to-wine6 On the sixth day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me, six jugs of water, five thousand men, four pieces of clothing, three wise men, two trusted servants, and One Perfect Loving Savior.

-Our Savior’s first miracle began with six jugs of water at a wedding feast. Jesus turned that water into wine, and this was His first recorded miracle, miracles that continue with our salvation today. (John 2:1-11)

fbcover_70x7matt18227 On the seventh day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me, seventy times seven, six jugs of water, five thousand men, four pieces of clothing, three wise men, two trusted servants, and One Perfect Loving Savior.

-Jesus gave us the perfect example of forgiveness, but He also gave us practical advice. When Peter asked how many times we should forgive someone who wrongs us, Jesus said not only seven times, but seventy times seven. In other words, always. And do you know what is most wonderful about that? We all need unlimited forgiveness, and Jesus promises that we will get it! (Matthew 18:21-22)

naming-jesus8 On the eighth day of Christmas, my True Love gave tome, eight days to naming, seventy times seven, six jugs of water, five thousand men, four pieces of clothing, three wise men, two trusted servants, and One Perfect Loving Savior.

-Jesus kept the Law perfectly on our behalf, even in that he wasn’t officially named “Jesus” until eight days after His earthly birth, the time of purification according to the Law of Moses. He did for us what we could never do, and in that substitutionary sacrifice, we are now made perfect in Him. (Luke 2:22)

9 On the ninth day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me, ninety-nine left washeepndering, eight days to naming, seventy times seven, six jugs of water, five thousand men, four pieces of clothing, three wise men, two trusted servants, and One Perfect Loving Savior.

-In the Parable of the Lost Sheep, Jesus explains that just as the shepherd will leave the ninety-nine safe sheep and go after the one that is lost, so He will continually seek those of us who have lost our way. What a Savior!! (Matthew 18:10-14)

ten-minas10 On the tenth day of Christmas, my True Love Gave to me, ten times the inheritance, ninety-nine left wondering, eight days to naming, seventy times seven, six jugs of water, five thousand men, four pieces of clothing, three wise men, two trusted servants, and One Perfect Loving Savior.

-Likewise, in the Parable of the Ten Minas, Jesus explains that those of us who use our gifts wisely to the advancement of His kingdom will receive ten times our inheritance. Though an earthly example, Jesus was assuring us that He will reward us in the hereafter, and His promises are sure! (Luke 19:11-18)

jesus-sends-out11 On the eleventh day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me, eleven apostles sent, ten times the inheritance, ninety-nine left wondering, eight days to naming, seventy times seven, six jugs of water, five thousand men, four pieces of clothing, three wise men, two trusted servants, and One Perfect Loving Savior.

-After rebuking their unbelief that He had indeed been resurrected, Jesus sent the eleven rejoicing apostles out into the world, telling them to proclaim the Gospel to every living person. Because of this commission, all of us who accept Him as our loving Savior will live in eternity with Him. Hallelujah! (Mark 16:14-16)

12-disciples12 On the twelfth day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me, twelve obedient men, eleven apostles sent, ten times the inheritance, ninety-nine left wondering, eight days to naming, seventy times seven, six jugs of water, five thousand men, four pieces of clothing, three wise men, two trusted servants, and One Perfect Loving Savior.

-Jesus started with these twelve men, men of low standing and often even low character, men who would never have been chosen by human standards. But He chose them, just as He has chosen us, to be His and to work in His kingdom. Jesus began with these twelve men, and 2000+ years later, millions now join them. (Matthew 10:2)

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On the twelfth day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me:

Twelve obedient men,

Eleven apostles sent,

Ten times the inheritance,

Ninety-nine left wondering,

Eight days to naming,

Seventy times seven,

Six jugs of water,

Five thousand men,

Four pieces of clothing,

Three wise men,

Two trusted servants,

And One Perfect Loving Savior!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(by Dr. Deb Waterbury)

I love A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  Some of us even read it to our children at Christmastime.  It’s a good reminder for us to get our minds off of ourselves and onto others at this time of year.  It’s a classic.

However, it just scratches the surface, doesn’t it?  Poor Ebenezer Scrooge is pitied by the audience because he has so obviously missed what his nephew and the Cratchits know, what Dickens portrays as the “true meaning of Christmas,” but what really happened to Ebenezer was isolation and loneliness because of a hurt he suffered a long time before.

Remember the story?  He wasn’t always cold and heartless and unkind and ALONE.  He was mistreated as a child by his father, and then relationship upon relationship began to falter, because of greed and malice and pain, until he became the curmudgeonly man we all love to hate in Dickens’ story.

The truth of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge goes all the way back to relationship.  It goes back to the breakdown of relationship between him and someone he loved, and this is unfortunately an age-old problem.  It’s a problem for men and women, but as the sex who lives a veritable life based on relationships, this issue often permeates our lives–the lives of women. (more…)