Praying the Spirit of the Lord to
fill your day with His peace and joy.
We here, at Living Joy, wish you a very Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta and staff.
Counting down the days to Christmas, the truest meaning is often lost. Decorations, the Christmas spirit-Santa, and joyful glee of anticipation prevail over the days. The genuine message of the season, the birth of our Savior, arises within in the hearts and minds of Christians everywhere. Because the 'world' has desperately tried to eliminate celebrations of Christ, it's with determination we continue to exalt and lift Him up. It is with great purpose of reminding us all of the real significance to celebrate this December 25th, that we re-publish our Christmas poem from years past. Please take time to give thought and honor to our Savior and King - Jesus Christ. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Love Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS
by Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Tis the week before Christmas, and all through the town,
People are scurrying all around.
Decorations and ornaments were all hung,
With excitement encircling all of the young.
Presents were bought and wrapped real pretty,
Being delivered from city to city.
There’s festivities and feasting all around,
Caroling and joyful celebrations resound.
Yet amidst all this commotion,
There’s still a strong notion,
That Christmas is for Christ,
And not all the hype.
The birth of a baby, the Savior, A King,
Is the first and foremost reason we sing.
It’s time to celebrate and rejoice
Giving reason for Christmas a spiritual voice.
So when you’re gazing upon all the seasonal lights
with wonder, amazement and marvelous delight,
Remember to ponder, review and reflect,
On Jesus the Messiah, God’s present exact.
Is. 9:6 "For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Here we are the first week of December! As we look at the calendar, there are so many things scheduled, I wonder how to get them all done. If you're like me, it's easy to overbook events, trying to fit them all in. And in the midst of these functions, there's the daily work load, as well as getting prepared for Christmas day. It's easy to get stressed, if one is not watchful. Overload comes when we try to mentally assess it all, with a meltdown coming shortly after.
There are web sights, television programs, and books explaining how to have a calm and stress free holiday. The writers make it all seem effortless. However, it's often easier said than done. Getting caught up in juggling all the festivities can be exhausting, especially for a large family.
Phil. 4:6-7 says, " "
Did you know worry is prolonged fear? Fear is the opposite of faith. So when we are worrying about anything, we are out of faith! Faith, in every situation, petitions God through prayer giving thanks to Him for peace, solutions, and provision. It's where we take our care and cast it over to Him. (1 Pet. 5:7) Believing that He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. (Eph. 3:20) Faith is knowing that you know, that you know, everything is going to work out for the good, because you believe when you ask according to His will, He hears you and, grants you your petitions. (1 John 5:14-15)
You may not be able to slow down the season, or even keep from overbooking. But you can trust God through it, and believe that all these things will work out. Just breathe, don't fret, know that somehow it's all going to get done. And what doesn't, wasn't important anyway. As you do what Phil. 4:6 says, you can rest assured, Phil. 4:7, God's peace, will cover you. Have a delightful Merry Christmas!
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."