A Time For Love, And Forgiveness

 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ( Romans 8:35-39)

 Who can surpass the Love of God? Jesus His only Son who, under the authority of the Father, created us, died for us, and has prepared a place for us. He promises us a  full inheritance of all He has. He is saving us from His mighty wrath. A just God that will no longer permit evil to rain. Jesus showed us the importance of His love for us…our love for Him…our love for others here on earth…our eternal love to continue. May His grace enter your heart to forgive, and love one another as you celebrate His precious birth, the True Gift of Christmas. Love one another as Christ loves us, all who believe.”

 

Christmas Time!

“There is a time

when things seem fine,

a time of joy and reflection.

When children’s eyes seem mesmerized

with sights of wondrous perfection.

 

A time when every moment spent

with great anticipation.

Soon to come the great event

of wondrous celebration.

 

Yes, everyday concerns and woes,

no longer hold resentment.

As we go about our bright new day

and truly seek contentment.

 

Our family, friends and God of course,

are really all that matter.

It’s nice to know at Christmas time

all three are known to gather.

 

It isn’t just the presents,

but the time we spend together.

The hugs, the talks, the jokes, the walks,

it just doesn’t get much better.

 

What really counts is love my friend,

and too much, you can never give.

Give all you have and then some more.

And remember to forgive.”

(December 2008, Joe Patanella)

Merry Christmas Men, Papa Joe