A CHRISTMAS PRAYER

 

A CHRISTMAS PRAYER
By Joan Allen Pfeiffer

Dear God above all that is,
If you can hear my voice.
I am alone this Christmas Eve.
Without my mother in Heaven.

Please give her a hug from me;
A kiss would be nice as well.
The only present I would like
Are snowflakes out side my door.

I know you can do this Jesus,
It is your birthday after all.

To celebrate with snowballs
Just like we did last year
Would be the best gift of all.

Thank you dear Jesus, I pray.

P.S. I love you.

Psalm 8:1-2 New International Version (NIV)
1 LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.

The first Christmas approached after her mother went to Heaven. Three months before this time, her life had seemed complete. Her tenth birthday had come and go without the celebration of cake, laughter, or presents. Her two brothers were as bruised with the hateful comments made about their mother’s suicide. They were left in the corners of darkness.

Christmas Eve she and her brothers had been invited to a dinner. A kind lady met them at her door with the warmest hug. Her name was Mrs. Peterson. She was one of their teachers at school.

There was a huge decorated tree with many presents. Other children were around the table filled with fine foods and drinks fit for a king. She asked for all the children to please bow their heads for prayer. After the Amen, the fun and joy began again.

She and her brothers went to ask Mrs. Peterson a question about prayers. They wanted her to pray for God to return their mother to them. She explained that God had wanted their mother to be with Him. He needed her in Heaven. She prayed with them to believe that Jesus would be with them always.

So that night when the little girl was by herself in the bedroom, she prayed. She prayed a simple prayer wanting to believe. She wanted Jesus to celebrate His birthday with her tomorrow. She wanted to believe He would answer her prayer for snow. She looked at the stars outside her window with no clouds in sight. Still she believed. P.S. “I love you”, she said. She believed.

The next morning she jumped out of bed, and looked out the window before her eyes could open all the way. There it was! Snow!! It was still snowing!! She opened her window, and shouted, “Thank you Jesus, Happy Birthday!”

She knelt by her bed, and a tear fell down her cheek, “I believe, and I love you Jesus. Hug and kiss my Mommy, please!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So many dates in history have become unforgettable. One that sticks to the minds of many is April 14, 1912. The Titanic thought to be unsinkable, did indeed split into two pieces and fall to the bottom of the sea that day.

Through many years of study as to what caused this great ship to sink, one change became of an utmost importance. The U.S. Navy has spent a great deal of time to perfect this.

The exact space of this portion within a ship demands precise placement. It will decide whether the buoyancy of the ship will be watertight enough if the hull is damaged.

Since 1949 the USN has used different coding to match the placements in an identity frame. The port side and the main deck along with all the other bow derivatives on the ship are so centered in tune. One A-W difference could simply throw the success of “sink or swim” off.

Are we in a compartment? Let’s see what this might mean to us with Jesus.  There was a storm, a squall actually written about in Mark 4:35-41. Jesus was in the boat with His disciples and there were other boats alongside them too. I think we miss that part. It was not just the disciples in this squall but many others as well.

Verse 37 says; “A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.” Jesus was resting and the disciples were afraid asking if He cared if they would drown or not. Jesus got up and told the winds to be silent and the waves to be still. The water became calm.

Jesus asked them in verse 40; “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Now let me take you to the doors used in the compartments of a ship. There are three types commonly used. They are closed watertight doors, closed weather tight doors, and joiner doors.

The analogy here is the doors.

Jesus Teaches and Says
Matthew 7:7 (NIV)
Ask, Seek, Knock

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

Are you in a compartment? Have you knocked on the door of Jesus?

I have prayed for you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three doors in One. Amen.

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IN HONOR OF PEARL HARBOR DAY
DECEMBER 7, 1941