Countdown to Christmas Day 19

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Welcome back to Countdown to Christmas Day 19!

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Today’s Random Act of Kindness

Send your pastor a funny video!

My husband is a pastor, and trust me, pastors need a good giggle now and then. Your pastor would love it if you tickled his funny bone!

Here’s one I found particularly funny recently:

Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 9:6, TLB

For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. These will be his royal titles: “Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” “The Prince of Peace.”

Today’s Song:

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Countdown to Christmas Day 18

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Welcome to Day 18 of our Countdown to Christmas!

I love today’s random act of kindness. I love seeing people’s faces when we do this!

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Today’s Random Act of Kindness

Give a random person a Christmas ornament!

That’s right! Take some ornaments with you to the store and just pass them out. Or just one. You’re going to love people’s reactions!

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Today’s Scripture:

Luke 2:25-35, TLB

That day a man named Simeon, a Jerusalem resident, was in the Temple. He was a good man, very devout, filled with the Holy Spirit and constantly expecting the Messiah to come soon. 26 For the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen him—God’s anointed King. 27 The Holy Spirit had impelled him to go to the Temple that day; and so, when Mary and Joseph arrived to present the baby Jesus to the Lord in obedience to the law, 28 Simeon was there and took the child in his arms, praising God.

29-31 “Lord,” he said, “now I can die content! For I have seen him as you promised me I would. I have seen the Savior you have given to the world. 32 He is the Light that will shine upon the nations, and he will be the glory of your people Israel!”

33 Joseph and Mary just stood there, marveling at what was being said about Jesus.

34-35 Simeon blessed them but then said to Mary, “A sword shall pierce your soul, for this child shall be rejected by many in Israel, and this to their undoing. But he will be the greatest joy of many others. And the deepest thoughts of many hearts shall be revealed.”

Today’s Song: He is Called Jesus 

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Countdown to Christmas Day 17

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Welcome to day 17 of our Countdown to Christmas!

Today you’re going to warm up those theatrical skills!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness

Read a Christmas Story to a Child

Naturally, I’d love it if you’d read the story from  Luke 2. It’s my favorite scripture for Christmas.  I even have it memorized because I was chosen to read it two years in a row for our high school Christmas program. Cool, huh?

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Today’s Scripture:

Matthew 2:1-11:

Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem, in Judea, during the reign of King Herod.

At about that time some astrologers from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in far-off eastern lands and have come to worship him.”

King Herod was deeply disturbed by their question, and all Jerusalem was filled with rumors. He called a meeting of the Jewish religious leaders.

“Did the prophets tell us where the Messiah would be born?” he asked.

“Yes, in Bethlehem,” they said, “for this is what the prophet Micah wrote:

‘O little town of Bethlehem, you are not just an unimportant Judean village, for a Governor shall rise from you to rule my people Israel.’”

Then Herod sent a private message to the astrologers, asking them to come to see him; at this meeting he found out from them the exact time when they first saw the star. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him too!”

After this interview the astrologers started out again. And look! The star appeared to them again, standing over Bethlehem. 10 Their joy knew no bounds!

11 Entering the house where the baby and Mary, his mother, were, they threw themselves down before him, worshiping. Then they opened their presents and gave him gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 But when they returned to their own land, they didn’t go through Jerusalem to report to Herod, for God had warned them in a dream to go home another way.

13 After they were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up and flee to Egypt with the baby and his mother,” the angel said, “and stay there until I tell you to return, for King Herod is going to try to kill the child.” 14 That same night he left for Egypt with Mary and the baby, 15 and stayed there until King Herod’s death. This fulfilled the prophet’s prediction,

“I have called my Son from Egypt.”

Today’s Song: We Three Kings

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Countdown to Christmas — Day 16

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Welcome to Day 16 of our Christmas Countdown!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness

Sing Christmas carols at the nursing home or as you walk through the store or anywhere!

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Today’s Scripture

Luke 2:20-21, TLB

Then the shepherds went back again to their fields and flocks, praising God for the visit of the angels, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had told them.

21 Eight days later, at the baby’s circumcision ceremony, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was even conceived.

Today’s Song: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

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Christmas Countdown — Day 15

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Welcome to day 15 of the Christmas Countdown!

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Today’s Random Act of Kindness:

Make someone smile!

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If you’re reading this, I doubt you’re an old crumudgeon who can’t think of a way to make someone smile. But on the slight chance you are, here are some ideas:

  1. Call an old friend just to say hi
  2. Leave big tips today
  3. Call your parents
  4. Take treats to work
  5. Hold a door open for a stranger.
  6. Invite someone to lunch.
  7. Fill your spouse’s car up with gas
  8. Make coffee for your spouse in the morning and take it to them
  9. Take someone to the movies
  10. Take someone to see the Christmas lights
  11. Tell a cashier to have a nice day.
  12. Put money in the parking meter for someone else
  13. Bake a cake for your pastor
  14. Tell someone you thought about them the other day.
  15. Give someone a good book to read
  16. Send flowers
  17. Take an older person out for dinner or give them a ride to the grocery store
  18. Offer free baby-sitting
  19. Offer to help a family who cares for someone with disabilities
  20. Help your neighbor rake leaves or shovel snow.
  21. Give someone yur place in line
  22. Give out ten free hugs
  23. Write thank you notes
  24. Wave to strangers in other cars (be safe, though!)
  25. Compliment every person you meet today
  26. Play chess or a board game with a child or elderly person
  27. Cook dinner if that’s not something you do often
  28. Cook breakfast if that’s not something you do often
  29. Do a dance in the grocery line
  30. Give up your place in the grocery check out
  31. Pray for someone
  32. Ask someone about their children.
  33. Write a poem for someone.
  34. Pet sit for someone or listen to their pet stories
  35. Spread joy all year long!

Today’s Scripture

Luke 2:19, TLB

 But Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and often thought about them.

Today’s Song: Almost There

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Countdown to Christmas — Day 14

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Welcome to day 14 of our Christmas Countdown!

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Today’s Random Act of Kindness

Donate food, blankets and supplies to an animal shelter and/or drop off treats for the workers! Woof!

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Luke 2:17-18, TLB

 The shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.

18 All who heard the shepherds’ story expressed astonishment.

Today’s Song: O Come All Ye Faithful

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Countdown to Christmas – Day 13

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Welcome to Day 13 of our Countdown to Christmas!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness

Take treats to the police or fire department.

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Today’s Scripture:

Luke 2:15-16, TLB:

When this great army of angels had returned again to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on! Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 They ran to the village and found their way to Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.

Today’s Song: Little Drummer Boy

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Countdown to Christmas — Day 12

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Welcome to Day 12 of our Countdown to Christmas!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness is one that many folks probably aren’t comfortable with. If you’d like to do this anonymously, let me know, and I will send a card or letter for you. You can send me what you’d like the letter to say via email and I’ll gladly send it along.

Today’s Random Act of Kindness

Write to someone in prison.

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Besides nursing homes, the prisons are full of forgotten, rejected people. Like it or not, they are still part of the human race and outrageously loved by God. Many of the prisoners are inside for crimes of habit. Because of drug or alcohol abuse, they’ve made poor choices. Since the three strikes ruling, our prisons are overflowing.

If you’d like to know more about how to help children of prisoners, a great program to be part of is here: Angel Tree of Prison Fellowship. This beautiful program helps provide gifts to children whose parents are in prison. That’s the worst part of our flawed justice system. It tears families apart.

Today’s Scripture

Luke 2:9-14, TLB

Suddenly an angel appeared among them, and the landscape shone bright with the glory of the Lord. They were badly frightened,

10 but the angel reassured them.“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone!

11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem!

12 How will you recognize him? You will find a baby wrapped in a blanket, lying in a manger!”

13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God:

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,” they sang,“and peace on earth for all those pleasing him.”

Today’s Song: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

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Countdown to Christmas — Day 11

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Welcome to Day 11 of our Christmas Countdown!

Today is our Christmas Program at church. But my heart will also be with the men and women in uniform who are serving our country during this holiday season. Which brings me to this very important Random Act of Kindness:

Today’s Random Act of Kindness:

Write to someone in military service.

You can do this easily online here: USO Send a Message.

If you don’t know what to say, this website has a lot of great ideas: Operation We Are Here.

Also, check out this great resource if you want to get involved or send a card personally: Cards and Letters

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Today’s Scripture:

Luke 2:8, TLB: 

That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep.

Today’s Song: The First Noel

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Countdown to Christmas — Day 10

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Welcome to Day 10 of our Countdown to Christmas!

I love doing the act of kindness scheduled for today!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness:

Donate to a bell ringer. Drive to where one is on purpose to do so.

I honestly would love to be a bell ringer volunteer one day. I haven’t had the privilege of doing so, but I know you can sign up to be a bell ringer here: Register to Ring.

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Today’s Scripture:

Luke 2:7, TLB:

And she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.

Today’s Song: Away in a Manger

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