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December 5, 2012

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – December 5, 2012

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:25 am


December is the last month of the year and for some people it is the busiest and most exciting time of the year.  Winter officially begins on the 21st of December which is known as winter solstice.  Although the weather has already been cool, often we feel the chill and can even expect a falling of snow during the 31 days of December.


The most historical event was Japan’s surprise attack of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  This attack began Would War II which lasted four years until 1945.  We now call the day Pearl Harbor Day. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said that day would “live in infamy”.


Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first powered aeroplane flight on December 17, 1903.  This was the beginning of airplane travel which now encircles the glove.  It would be hard to imagine the world without air travel.


The classic movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated cartoon premiered on December 21, 1937.


December has several birthstones such as turquoise, blue topaz, ruby, lapiz, and onyx.  The birth flower is the Paper White Narcissus and the December plant is the poinsettia.


Famous people born in December include Ava Gardner, Bette Midler, Brad Pitt, Diane Sawyer, Eli Whitney, Frank Sinatra, Howard Hughes, Humphrey Bogart, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Martin Van Buren, Phil Donohoe,  Redd Foxx Sandy Koufax, Steven Spielberg, Terrell Owen, Tiger Woods, Walt Disney, Woodrow Wilson and Woody Allen.


The most important person whose birthday we celebrate in December is Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten son Jesus.  God sent His son to bring love, joy and peace to the world.  His life was like no other person.  After 2,000 years, Jesus is still the focus of the human race.  He was crucified on a cross to provide salvation for all who believe in Him and accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior.


We celebrate his birthday on Christmas, December 25.  It is a day when we remember God’s greatest gift to the world by giving gifts to those we love.

The beloved Christmas carol, Silent Night, Holy Night, was first sung on December 24, 1818.  The words were written by Joseph Franz Mohr, a young priest and the music was written by Herr Gruber in Oberndorf in Austria.




            One Solitary Life

            Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman.  He grew up in another village.  He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty.  Then for three years, He was an itinerant preacher.


He never owed a home. He never wrote a book.  He never held an office  He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside  a big city.  He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born.  He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness.  He had no credentials but Himself.


While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away.  One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies.  He went through the mockery of a trial.  He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – His coat.  When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the column of progress.


I am far within the mark when I saw that all the armies that ever marched, all the natives that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as that one solitary life.


This December, let us not forget to express our love to Jesus and to our family and friends.  Let’s worship and give glory to God for the greatest gift of all.


December 5, 2012


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