Jan 16, 2018 No Comments by

I guess I never really understood it! Certainly, I understood the origin of the celebration; you know the birth of Jesus, Bethlehem, Mary, Joseph and all. It took years to understand gift giving as a ritual representing Gods gift to us and our caring for each other.
It has become apparent that I live a life so fortunate, so full of gifts in a world where so many have so little. I am beyond lucky. Before coming to the Church and to God I was certain that celebrating Christmas with gifts and visits with my family was the joy and magic of the day. But the truth was I could see the magic fading and disappearing in a cloud of commercialism, Christmas lights and bad Christmas movies. I was sure people clung to Christmas as a time where there was a day off and we could hide out with our families.
Fortunately, I found Riverside Baptist Church, and more importantly the people inside. The examples of generosity, care and concern has touched a heart which was mired in doubt and cynicism. As well, I was being offered opportunities to truly share an ever-increasing joy found in the true meaning of Christmas.
I have seen examples of people in the church doing for others and helping others who might not have as much at a time where want and need is keenly felt. I have joined in various projects and learned the absolute joy of anonymity while doing as much good as I can.
I know now the birth of our Saviour was the only gift I ever needed, and that celebrating this holy anniversary by sharing this joy is the best gift I can give.
There is an old-time country Christmas song I love called “Star of Bethlehem”. I particularly like the version done by Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. The last line in this piece is “Oh beautiful Star of Bethlehem shine on”.
I cannot think of a better wish for the people I care for than the Star of Bethlehem would shine for you every day.
God bless you and many, many thanks. Ted

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About the author

Ted is a poet, writer, musician, father, husband, grandfather, and a human and recent soul come to Christ. Involved in the arts all his life, he has been part of the Muskoka Fringe Festival in Poetry. He did the Bluegrass Festival circuit with Due North and played for years previous in country and rock bar bands. He makes his living as a Massage Therapist. More a 'Wounded Romantic' than a cynic, more a crafts person than artist, Ted lives with his second wife Mary in Baysville Ontario, and struggles with his new-found faith, hanging on by the music and the love of God.
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