Letter From Jesus concerning His birthday celebration.
           
          Dear Children,

               It has come to my attention that  many of you are upset that
          folks  are  taking  My  name  out of  the  season.  Maybe  you've
          forgotten that  I wasn't  actually born during  this time  of the
          year and  that it was  some of  your predecessors who  decided to
          celebrate  My birthday  on  what  was actually  a  time of  pagan
          festival. Although I do appreciate being remembered anytime.

               How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be
          most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with
          children of your own. I don't care what you call the day.  If you
          want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG  AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
          Now, having said that let Me go on.

               If it bothers  you that the town  in which you  live doesn't
          allow a  scene depicting My birth, then just  get rid of a couple
          of Santa's and snowmen and put in  a small Nativity scene on your
          own front  lawn. If all  My followers did that  there wouldn't be
          any need for such a scene on the town square because  there would
          be many of them all around town.

               Stop  worrying about the  fact that  people are  calling the
          tree a holiday  tree, instead of a  Christmas tree. It was  I who
          made all trees. You can, if you like, remember Me anytime you see
          any tree.

               go ahead and  decorate a grape vine if you wish.  I actually
          spoke of  that one in a teaching explaining  who I am in relation
          to you and  what each of  our tasks were.  If you have  forgotten
          that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8.

               If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth,
          here is my wish list. Choose something from it.

               1. Instead of writing  protest letters objecting to  the way
          my birthday is  being celebrated, write letters of  love and hope
          to soldiers away  from home. They are terribly  afraid and lonely
          this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

          2. Visit  someone in a nursing home. You  don't have to know them
          personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

          3.   Instead  of  writing  your boss  and  complaining about  the
          wording on the cards his staff sent  out this year, why don't you
          write and tell  him that you'll be praying for him and his family
          this year.  Then follow up. It will be nice  for him hearing from
          you again.

          4.  Instead of  giving your  children a  lot of  gifts you  can't
          afford and they don't  need, spend time with them. Tell  them the
          story  of My birth,  and why I  came to live with  you down here.
          Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

               5.  Pick someone that has  hurt you in the past and  forgive
          them.

          6. Did you  know that someone in  your town will attempt  to take
          their  own  life this  season  because  they  feel so  alone  and
          hopeless? Since  you don't  know who that  person is,  try giving
          everyone  you meet  a warm  smile it  could make  the difference.
          Also, you might consider supporting the local Hot-Line: they talk
          with people like that every day.

               7. Instead  of nitpicking  about what the  retailer in  your
          town  calls the  holiday, be  patient  with the  people who  work
          there.   Give them  a warm  smile and a  kind word. Even  if they
          aren't allowed to wish you  a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep
          you from wishing them  one.  Then stop shopping  there on Sunday.
          If the store didn't make so  much money on that day they'd  close
          and  let  their  employees  spend  the day  at  home  with  their
          families.

               8.  If you  really  want  to make  a  difference, support  a
          missionary, especially  one who takes  My love to those  who have
          never heard My name. You may already know someone like that.

          9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in
          your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither
          will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know
          them,  and I suspect you don't, buy some food and a few gifts and
          give  them to  the  Marines,  the Salvation  Army  or some  other
          charity which believes in Me and they  will make the delivery for
          you.

          10. Finally if you want to make a statement about your  belief in
          me and your loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do
          things in secret that you wouldn't  do in My presence. Let people
          know by your actions that you are one of my disciples.

          P.S  Don't forget; I  am God and  can take care  of Myself.  Just
          love Me and do  what I have told you to do I'll  take care of all
          the rest.  Check out  the list  above and  get to  work; time  is
          short. I'll help you,  but the ball is now in your  court. And do
          have a  most blessed Christmas  with all those whom  you love and
          remember, I LOVE YOU.


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