Say I’m looking for a tasty hot spiced cider recipe and maybe a good Christmas cookie recipe or two.  Got any ideas?  I’ll be serving them to a very special person so I want a really want to make a good impression.  I’d appreciate your response with any ideas that you have.

Sounds like I’m serving royalty, doesn’t it?  Well, my guest is not a king per se.  However, he is one of The King’s servants, if you will.  Mark Schultz is doing an acoustic concert at Stonebridge Church in Cedar Rapids on Sunday night December 8th and I am going to make the treats for a small reception with Mark before the concert.  Gotta impress this14-time Dove nominee, you know.

Maybe sharing a new recipe or two is part of your mindset as you plan your holiday fare.  And why not?  After all, you’re making preparations for the greatest season of the year! You want to bring a touch to the celebration that leaves your guests feeling loved and appreciated. The work you do to make everything ready is no problem.  The fact is, you’d even go the extra mile doing whatever is necessary to make the season special for those who enter your home.

I get that.

And speaking about our holiday prep and all, do you mind if I go deeper for a moment?

The most important question we could ask ourselves may be, how are we preparing to celebrate the “Birthday Boy?”

I am speaking of course of the one whose coming we celebrate in just a few short weeks. The one of whom angels sing and darkness flees. The one who deserves our best preparation and planning!

Are we making time in our busy schedule for “soul prep” before, during and after December 25th?

Even just ten minutes a day will be so worth the effort, don’t you agree?

I know we’ve got a million things to do and they’re all important but doesn’t it just make sense that if we’re willing to do all of the prep necessary for earthly visitors coming to stay, that we’d be up to taking ten minutes each day to reflect on the miracle of the Incarnation with God’s word on our lap and a hot beverage in our hand?

Seems like this should be a scheduled in part of this holy and wonderful season. I’m just sayin…

Here’s some “food for thought.” To get our minds going the same direction, I found an old Christmas song that will jump start our mindset heading into Christmas.

Check it out and reflect on the meaning in the words.

Joy to those who long  to see thee, Dayspring from on high, appear; Come, thou promised Rod of Jesse, of Thy birth we long to hear!

O’er the hills the angels singing news, glad tidings of a birth; “Go to Him, your praises bringing; Christ the Lord has come to earth.”

Come to earth to taste our sadness, He whose glories knew no end; By His life He brings us gladness, our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend.

Leaving riches without number,  born within a cattle stall; This the everlasting wonder, Christ was born the Lord of all.

Do you recognize these words?  They are verses two and three taken from the hymn “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.”  Written by Charles Wesley in the first part of the 19th century, Brother Chuck has penned the joy and wonder that get us thinking about why we are willing to go to so much trouble when Aunt Bessie comes to stay for a few days.

Happy Birthday Jesus! We celebrate your coming! Grace us to treat our guests as our brothers… and your children!

So go ahead. Celebrate the season by treating your guests to those special recipes that reflect the love you feel.  And don’t forget, when you’re serving Aunt Bessie, you’re in fact, serving Jesus.  Matthew 25: 34-40

Happy Thanksgiving friend!

Something to think about.

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