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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

 

Christmas in my opinion is simply awesome!   Some claim it's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

 

Candy Canes, the traditions, cookies, decorations, food, gifts, songs, and festive attitudes! Some of the songs are fun like "Jingle Bells!"  Other songs seem sentimental and thought provoking like "What Child Is This."  And there are some songs that make no sense to me like "King Wenceslas."  The songs, the food, the decorations, and if we get snow...the Christmas season is in my opinion "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!"  

 

But is it really the most wonderful time of the year?  We want to believe that it's the most wonderful time of the year, but sometimes it doesn't feel that way.  For some people it's not wonderful.  It's just messy, depressing, and frustrating.  

 

It all begins after Thanksgiving with the shopping, long lines and crazy drivers. Then it's picking the right tree, the tangled lights, and once you put them up a small section stops working.  You deal with rude shoppers, weird gifts, ungrateful gift receivers who return you much thoughtful gift.  Maybe your family gatherings are filled with negative, dysfunctional, or weird family members.  Maybe you have no family gathering.

 

Sometimes it's not the most wonderful time of the year.  

 

As a matter of fact, if you rewind back in time to the first Christmas recorded in the Bible, we discover that some of the details describe a "Not so wonderful time of the year!"

 

  • Mary is weeks or days away from giving birth and she has to travel on the back of a donkey.
  • They arrive at an overcrowded city, and you discover that someone forgot to make reservations, so you have no place to stay.
  • They have a baby in a stable.  No crib, just a trough that cows eat out of, rats poop in, and bacteria is at a high!
  • Their first visitors aren't a nurse, doctor, or family member...it's a shepherd, the lowliest of occupations.
  • Because of their son being born, an evil ruler would issue a decree that all babies two and under would be murdered.  

 

This isn't how Mary and Joseph planned the first Christmas.  This didn't seem to be the most wonderful time of the year.  Not at the moment.... but it got better.

 

In the midst of darkness, a bright and angelic host sang and proclaimed a historic birth.  In the boring and dull time at work, the shepherds discovered joy.  In the worst of birth conditions hope was born, peace arrived, joy was exhibited and love was manifested.

 

Why in the midst of mess and frustration do we find reason to celebrate?  Because of the arrival of Jesus Christ!  Who and what arrived on this planet 2,000 years ago was the author of hope, joy, peace, and love!

 

And that is why Christmas is so special!  We may not have the ultimate family celebration or Christmas traditions, or even get loaded with gifts.  That's okay.  It's the most wonderful time of the year not because of the stuff, but because we have hope, peace, joy, and love like never before!

 

It's just up to us as to whether or not we will receive that gift.  Have you received the free gift of God?  Have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ, our Messiah and Savior?  I hope and pray that you have!

 

For more reading, check out Isaiah 9:6, Luke 2:13-15, and Matthew 2:9-11.


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The Buckeye Border FCA Area  

The Buckeye Border FCA Area covers 5 counties in NW Ohio and 2 counties in SE Michigan.  Twelve years ago we started this area with only 3 schools, no team times, no camps, and no school assemblies.  Our vision was to share Jesus in every school - whether FCA, Youth For Christ, Campus Crusade, or youth groups - seek to share Jesus!  In 12 years we have seen tremendous favor, as we are now in more than 50 schools, over 95 team times, dozens of school assemblies, 6 camps, 48 club teams, annual coaching clinics, and numerous life impacting events! We are reaching more than 15,000 students and coaches, as well as all whom they influence!  All praise and glory to God!

 

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As we wrap up 2016, we have a major goal to reach $30,000 by December 31st.  The $30,000 End of the Year goal has two purposes. This ministry is growing, but we are about to stop growing, unless we expand our staff and volunteer numbers. So, $10,000 of this goal will be placed in a “New Staff” account to help bring on a new staff person in 2017. The other $20,000 will help cover necessary funding to keep our office moving forward.

Don't underestimate your prayers, gifts, and support for this ministry as we are reaching over 15,000 students and coaches on a yearly basis for under $180,000!  

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