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I’ve been meditating on Christmas.  
Infinite Love.
And living beyond. 
I heard a new Christmas song this year, by a group called GO FISH ~ “It’s All About The Cross.”  
Click above to view their video! (Update 12/22/11)
(Oh I love the harmony of this men’s trio)
Detail Christmas placemats with decorative stitches and words

Wondering how we savor Christmas.
God With Us.
What it means to come as a child.

And I’ve thought about how I can live out and show that Love no matter where I am or what I do.  
From the words I speak… and the words I write.
Every day. Every moment. 
At work. At play.
To keep learning and listening.  
To come simply.  
As a child. 

“Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.”  Luke 18:16 NLT  

We knew this better when we were in our childhood.  Before we grew older.  
We’ve forgotten it, or perhaps given up on it, too easily.  
The simplicity of being a child.  A child of God.

We’ve been caught up in the trappings of the world.
The ‘feel good’ & ‘it’s all about you’ and hurry up to wind our way around the next corner, to have 
or make, our lives more satisfying. 
The pressure of time, responsibilities, and more. 

I bet we all could say “Been there & done that!”  
I know I can.

But what about this: 


(Courtesy of Buzz Light Year from the movie, Toy Story)
Think about it.  
So much truth to that simple, child-like statement.

After all God came down to us as a baby! 
Though it was foretold ~ no one expected it.
Ahh… the unexpected!
And what unexpected JOY it is! 


So as we come to the manger as a child to celebrate Christmas, may we truly come ~
 to know the baby in the manger that came for us! 
Really.  All you need to do is come.
Come as you are ~ just come.

My favorite Christmas Bowl ~ a gift from my Mom many years ago…
 Don’t let imperfection rob you of your Joy!

  For if we were all perfect we wouldn’t need anything… 
not each other, not family, and not Christmas.
Not the Christ child that is at the heart of ALL of it. 
Because it’s really all about Jesus on the cross.
Without that, we all would truly be hopeless.
Because that is what He came to do.
To give us a hope and a future.
Come Let Us Adore Him!

A shot from the Potomac Valley, taken January 2008 on our way home from Missoula, MT

Don’t forget who’s in charge of your real joy.
 We can choose HOPE.
Choose now ~ not to be hopeless, nor joyless.
For God so loved us, 
He sent us His only Son.  As a baby. As a child.
Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matt 18:3 NLT

 “Be not afraid!”
“For I give you good tidings of GREAT JOY 
that will be for all people!”  
(Courtesy of God from the the Book of Luke.) 

A family heirloom; made by the kids’ Great Grandma Ada 

Have a Merry Christmas!
Glad tidings to you from the McNeil family. 

Comments 3

  1. thank you for such a beautiful message. You have been a great inspiration for me in all your work, photos and insight on life and your faith. You bring us all JOY 🙂
    Merry Christmas!
    Gay in Ohio

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