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12 Perspectives of Christmas- Day 7/ HIS provision

                         First off, today is a SNOW DAY here in East Tennessee…for which I am extremely thankful.  One, it is amazing to look at and watch our dogs run around in.  Two, it is wonderful to have my wife home.  And three, it brings back all kinds of fun memories with snow days in Eastern Iowa.  I’ll never forget watching either KGAN or KCRG EARLY in the morning on our ugly green carpet upstairs on 2nd Avenue North…hoping, praying, pleading with God  and school officials to let us out.  The celebrations were usually significant when we saw MT.VERNON COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT- CLOSED on the television.  Thus began our day at home.  We would shovel the driveway, build snow forts, go sledding, and sometimes travel with Dad to the Sports Center Complex at Cornell college to burn off some energy in their Gym!  Mom would make Cream of Wheat and Cinnamon Toast and the day would be wonderful from beginning to end!  Ah yes, those were the days…and I can still feel it even as a 29 year old in East Tennessee!

                        Today’s blog will be short and sweet.  I think that perhaps what is taken for granted the MOST in my world are the EVERYDAY provisions from God.  I am so thankful to have a warm home to live in, clothes on my back, and a warm meal to eat when I am hungry…especially this time of the year.  Yesterday at First Farragut United Methodist Church we had our COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DINNER, and it was amazing.  This event is one of my favorite to be a part of during our calendar year.  It is so exciting to watch God’s children be the hands and feet of Jesus and to serve others!  The numbers were staggering!  86 families came and we fed 269 individual people!  157 FULL grocery bags were distributed, 200 toys given away, 600 books given away, and 175 children were clothed.  There was special music all day proclaiming the birth of our Savior.  The craft room was bubbling with excitement as kids painted and created.  And the volunteers were AMAZING.  Over 200 volunteers participated in the Community Christmas Dinner!  PRAISE THE LORD!  Yes, it is so important that we evangelize in 2010.  But, before we can specifically communicate the Gospel Truths that have changed MY LIFE personally, we must be the hands and feet of Jesus to take care of some other things first.  “For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat.  I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.  I was naked and you clothed me…”  I am so thankful to be a part of this church body who understands the significance in helping people with some basic provisions.  Now, may we continue to pursue people with the sweetness of the Christmas message, the beginning of the GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD.  How thankful are you for your day to day needs being met?  Sure, getting the latest in 4G technology would be nice…but take away your warm meal and your soft bed and all of a sudden what you REALLY NEED comes into perspective.  Have a wonderful day.  Talk to you for DAY 8!

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