(received from a good friend of mine and I think it’s worth the post.)

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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. Inviting me into your life each day is more important than
celebrating when Christmas falls on the calendar.

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 in your own yard and put in a small
Nativity scene there.  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 my Father who made all
trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if
you wish: I actually spoke of that once 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 those
depressed, lonely, in harms way, or away from home.

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 the president 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.

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 how I came to show what it means to love.  Hold them in your
arms and remind them that I love them.

5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive
him or her.

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.

7. Instead of nit picking 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).  I long to celebrate
a day of rest with you each week but you have to stop running around
first. 

8. 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,
buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other
charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.

9. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your
belief in and 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 mine.

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

JESUS

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