Ultimate Christmas Countdown – Wednesday, December 14, 2016

11 Days Until Christmas!

Song: “Little Drummer Boy,” by the Harry Simeone Chorale
Christmas Album: “Noel,” by Josh Groban
Christmas DVD: “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”
Netflix Movie: “Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special”
Amazon Prime Movie: “Everybody’s Fine”
Feeln Movie: “The Road to Christmas”
On TV:
• “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” 5 p.m., FreeForm
• “Christmas with the Kranks,” 6 p.m., FX
• “Christmas Incorporated,” 6 p.m., Hallmark
• “The Wizard of Oz,” 5:45 p.m., TNT
• “Arthur Christmas,” 7 p.m., FreeForm
• “A Pentatonix Christmas Special,” 8 p.m., NBC
• “The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time,” 8 p.m., CW
• “The Santa Clause 2,” 8 p.m., FX
• “Home Alone 2,” 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., AMC
• “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., TNT
• “Looks Like Christmas,” 8 p.m., Hallmark
• “SNL Christmas,” 9 p.m., NBC
• “The Santa Clause,” 9 p.m., FreeForm
• “Fred Claus,” 9 p.m., TNT
• “A Dream of Christmas,” 10 p.m., Hallmark
• “Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special,” 10 p.m., Disney
• “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” 10 p.m., USA
Recipe: Southern Snowballs

Quick Thought for Christmas 

Read

Isaiah 7:10-17
Matthew 1:18-25

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
Isaiah 7:14

Reflect

Picture this situation.

Sweet little Mary McNamera came home one day with a big dilemma. She had some huge new – HUGE NEWS – to tell her parents. It would shake their world and change the course of her life, and she was sure they wouldn’t understand. No one would.

The only thing to do was take a deep breath and tell them. They’d find out eventually, and it would better if it came from her.

“Mom, Dad. I have something to tell you. A little more than a month ago, an angel came to me and told me I was going to have a baby, and that it would be God’s child. And I’ve never been with a guy. I mean, I’m dating Joe Carpenter, but we’ve never even been alone together. But that day, after the angel left, something felt different. And now I’ve missed my period, and I took a pregnancy test. And I’m definitely pregnant.”

Of course, her parents must have been so excited…

How would you have responded? How do you think they responded?

In Mary’s time, this could have meant death for her, especially if Joseph wasn’t so understanding. Fortunately, God spoke to Joseph’s heart, and he married her in spite of somethings so unexplainable – at least when looking at it as people naturally would.

Of course, this pregnancy was predicted more than 700 years earlier when Isaiah wrote that a virgin would conceive and have a son. It had to happen in order for God’s plan to be complete. But when it did happen, no one understood. They likely wrote it off as a naive young girl who simply got herself into trouble.

God does things in His own way and in His own timing. This Christmas season, look for the little miracles that God might do in and around you. Make sure you don’t discount  His works and write them off as coincidence. And keep your heart focused on His constant presence as the day of Christmas draws ever nearer.

Reflection  copyright © 2015 by Doug DeBolt.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

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About Doug DeBolt

Capnpen is a writer who was a newspaper and magazine journalist in a previous life. A college journalism major, he now works as an administrator, but gets his writing fix by blogging about a variety of topics, including politics, religion, movies and television. When he's not working or blogging, Capnpen spends time with his family, plays a little golf (badly) and loves to learn about virtually anything.
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