Baruch 5:1-9; Psalms 126:1-6; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6
A woman named Connie 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, lugged the big box of Christmas lights and tree decorations up from the basement and, finally, at midnight, finished carefully gift-wrapping presents for her husband Robert, 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 addressed all eighty-nine cards on her list. Then she topped off her day’s work by writing a check to her credit card company. When the holidays were over, the extent of her exhaustion at the end of that busy day became apparent. Her check to Visa was returned by the bank marked “Incorrect Signature.” On closer inspection she realized the reason…
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