Did you ever come across an idea that was too good to keep to yourself? That happened to me recently when I was catching up with some unread articles from Decision magazine, and came across one from author Karen Kingsbury. Entitled “You Were Seen,” the article really spoke to me, and I’m now sharing the idea she related – a cross between paying it forward and evangelism. It could be used by Sunday School classes, youth groups, or anyone who wants to help to brighten someone’s circumstances while also giving them a resource to change their life.
Please check out the link to the article. God bless.
In this season of growing division among us, I would like to share an encouraging example of the loving acceptance of your “neighbor,” despite differences of race, background, beliefs, or opinions. It’s not easy, but Ray Stevens’ iconic song reminds us that we are all one race – the human race – created with a beauty all our own. The Bible tells us to love God first, and our neighbor as ourself. Enjoy the lyrics and the song.
SUE – Voice II
Everything Is Beautiful Song by Ray Stevens
Jesus loves the little children, All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white They are precious in his sight Jesus loves the little children of the world.
Everything is beautiful in it’s own way. Like a starry summer night, Or a snow covered winter’s day. And everybody’s beautiful in their own way, Under God’s Heaven The world’s gonna find the way.
There is none so blind As He who will not see. We must not close up minds We must let our thoughts be free. For every hour that passes by, You know the world gets a little bit older. It’s time to realize that beauty lies In the eyes of the beholder.
And everything is beautiful in its own way. Like a starry summer night On a snow covered winter’s day, ah, sing it children! Everybody’s beautiful in their own way. Under God’s Heaven The world’s gonna find a way.
We shouldn’t care about the length of His hair Or the color of His skin. Don’t worry about what shows from without, But the love that lives within. Everything is gonna work out fine, Just take a little time to the look on the good side, my friend. And everything is beautiful in it’s own way Like a starry summer night, On a snow covered winter’s day, ah, sing it children!
Everybody’s beautiful in their own way. Under God’s Heaven The world’s gonna find a way, one more time –
Everything is beautiful in its own way. Like a starry summer night, On a snow covered winter’s day.
Those traditions are important, but don’t forget to remember the “reason” we celebrate Christmas. Regardless of the actual date of His birth, Christmas is about Jesus being born in a humble stable. He is Emmanuel – God with us.
Enjoy one of my favorite songs, “Adore,” and have a blessed Christmas.
Warm and fuzzy television ads, radio Christmas music (since Halloween!), rushed and masked shoppers, continual online deliveries – do any of these things sound familiar? One of those radio songs tells us among others things that this time of year is what I described in the title of this post – the most wonderful time of the year.
However, for some people, this is a very hard time of the year. Not even factoring in the Covid situation, some of us are dealing with illness, loss, medical treatments, financial worries, and stressful family relationships. Then my thoughts go to those that are truly alone during this time of year – no one with whom to spend time, eat, or share a present or two.
Let me encourage those who feel alone or that no one cares about them to listen to the song I have included with this post. Jesus, referred to as Emmanuel at Christmastime, is “God with us.” He is with us – we are never alone.