Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalms 24:1-6; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24
A woman named Betty tried to cram all of her Christmas preparations into a single day. Starting at 9 a.m., she shopped her entire Christmas list, bought a Christmas tree and poinsettias, ordered a turkey, carried home the groceries for Christmas dinner, brought up from the basement the big box of Christmas lights and tree decorations and, finally, at midnight, finished carefully gift-wrapping presents for her husband, Herb, and their three daughters.
Wearily, she began to congratulate herself on a job well-done — and then, suddenly, she remembered: The Christmas cards! I forgot to send the Christmas cards. Tired, but determined, she signed and prepared for mailing all eighty-nine cards on her list. Then she topped off her day’s…
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