Jim and Elizabeth George would like to wish you all a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.
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O Lord, this Christmas give me a heart of joy so I can follow in Your steps and gladly serve my spouse. May I serve them as I pray for them. May I serve with the attitude of doing it unto You. And when my heart tires of serving, remind me of Yourself and Your holy hands washing the disciples’ feet! May I become Your twin in selflessly tending to my spouse's needs. Amen.
When you think of angels, does your mind go to the figure many people place on the top of a Christmas tree? This is only natural because the Christmas story in Luke 2 speaks of angels. The English word 'angel' comes from the Greek, meaning 'messenger.' In Scripture an angel is a created being whose essential task is to be a messenger from God. An angel told Mary and Joseph about her pregnancy, as well as announced Jesus' birth to the shepherds. These heavenly beings spoke to the shepherds as