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Thank You for the redemption of those whom you have known before the foundations of the earth. Thank you for remembering me, that day, that hour, that moment you shattered the hardness of my heart and gave me faith to repent and trust you as my Lord! My Lord and my God. Thank you doesn't describe the grace and mercy you have shown someone as undeserving as I. To see my life in light of the life you have provided causes me to shudder at the thought that you could even begin to Love me. My works and deeds of a past life rendered useless to my redemption but encompassed in the work of your hands wrought out in the plan for my salvation.
Can I ever begin to dishonor you of with such a thought that I could repay such a debt. What a burden it would be to attempt to give back something so vast and wide as your mercy. Should it be that I may even fall short in thinking I could ever ponder such a feeble, unrealistic thought?
Lord. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for your mercy.
I would like to add, that although I love my family very much, I can't help but resist the sick feeling in my stomach when I witness the children consumed with greed, selfishness, conceit, hostility, and a total lack of understanding and teaching of what Christmas means. Thank you america for creating a nation of monsters, but ever so slightly reinforcing the truths of scripture and the truth that we are all completely and utterly wicked and depraved. I need not include much more detail as I'm sure many of you reading this have witnessed the stubborn, disobedient, and repulsive nature of a child that isn't getting their way and have resolved to viewing a spectacle created and nurtured by parents of a materialistic, godless, consumer holiday called Xmas. And if that description offends you, I'm sorry, holidays.
Because here is what Christmas is really about...
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.
And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"
While this may be a repetitive citation of a neglected passage, let me remind you this....
(Rom 1:16) For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
PRAISE HIM! PRAISE HIM! PRAISE HIM! PRAISE HIM! PRAISE HIM! PRAISE HIM!