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December 21, 2012

I wasn't going to write a Christmas newsletter this year.

After the tragic events, I have no heart for a cheery of fluffed up letter.

I didn't want to write about God's gift to us.

My spirit is still grieving, but God would have no part of me giving in to the enemy.

With His prompting, I will give it my best.

You see, .........

We Need a Little Christmas This Year.

First off.

Some will not read this and simply push the delete button.

A few will read it, get upset and cancel all together (it happens all the time).

A few can't resist, will open and read and then get upset.

I may even get verbally castigated.

Many will open and read, but if it were just one person that opened this letter and read it, it would be the one person God intended for.

God works in funny ways like that. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

It doesn't bother me when I'm accused of "pushing" God (not religion), we are commanded to do so.

I don't push, I simply make no bones about my feelings and beliefs.

I know that He will bring new readers (and He does).

I do try to put out an informative letter each week, and I do allow myself the right or privilege (honor) to write a Christ based newsletter for Christmas and Easter.

I also let you know in advance, so you have a choice to read or not.

If a single person benefits from today's letter, All the Glory goes to God, for I am only a tool.

We Need a Little Christmas Cheer.

What an understatement.

Before I write another sentence, don't blame God for anything.

Feel free to ask him why he allowed this to happen. It is okay to get angry at Him.

I'm sure a response from The all Mighty, might be something like this.

"I've been kicked out of schools".

"Your Supreme Court says I'm no longer welcome there".

Check history my friend.

From the day America became a nation to the time God was removed from the class room.

Now check from the mid 1960's to present.

Not only in our schools, but the lack of God has spilled out to the streets and in our homes, and in our governments and at work.

The Scriptures continually warn us of a great evil power, who rules the world, whom we must contend with.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”.

Ephesians 6:12

The enemy is subtle.

The enemy is good.

But he isn't that good.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17

When God was busy creating, He created two living things with a mind that has the freedom to make choices.

Angels and man. God's Law. His choice to give us a free will and freedom to choose. God knew before creation the outcome of everything.

Lucifer was an angel, a perfect being.

Adam was perfect in every way too.

The first sin was not in the Garden of Eden.

The first sin was Lucifer's pride.

Pride got in the way and he thought he was equal to God.

Pride was the first sin.

God hates Pride.

Everyone who is arrogant (pride) in heart is an abomination to the LORD; be assured, he will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 16:5

Man through sin and perversion is capable and does the unthinkable.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

On June 24, 1988 (Our wedding anniversary) I had a life altering experience.

Three boys were riding there bikes down the middle of a street.

I like to think I'm a careful driver, but I slowed down well below the 25 MPH required on residential streets.

One boy veered left onto a sidewalk, while the other two remained in the street.

My eyes remained on the two in the street as I was about to drive by them (going in opposite directions).

In the blink of an eye, the other boy rode his bike into my car.

I can't explain the shock, the cries and screams of a mother.

Did this just happen to me?

The whole scene became a blur.

Then there was the police report and wondering about prosecution.

The following morning, the police Sargent called, to inform me he died six hours after the indecent.

I cried like a baby and cried some more.

Guilt took over.

I felt like I had taken the life of a 10 year old boy.

(Some anniversary for us that year).

Guilt and anguish grew to where I was a broken man.

No one knew how I felt.

Not a single person I could talk to, or relate with.

I took a young boy's life, or that is how I felt.

Only through time and healing could I say I wasn't at fault.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psalms 51:17

One night, with my tear stained face, God reminded me that he knew how I felt.

Indeed, he knows and understands everything.

He must.

Jesus freely went before the executioner.

"No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again."

John 10:18

I gave my brokenness and guilt to him, and the healing began.

Yes, I was a Christian before that, but things are now different.

We Need a Little Christmas

Another miracle.

A year and a half later, the young boy's mom called me (around this time of year).

How she knew who I was or got my phone number, I'll never know.

She explained to me that she didn't blame me for her great loss.

I cried some more and got on my knees.

My healing was almost complete.

Several years went by and my wedding anniversary was always a reminder.

I would wonder about a young boy.

What would he be like?

He would be a man now.

Probably married with his own family.

Then a few years back, I stopped thinking.

It's okay not to dwell.

Our anniversary date is once ours again.

I still am uncomfortable with bike riders on the street, but I don't think about it all the time.

I share the story from time to time and get teary eyed all over again.

I am sharing this now with you so you might understand God's great love and gift he has given us in Jesus.

His wonderful healing powers when we give our brokenness to Him.

I am sharing this to show how time and our Lord heals when we allow him to and cry out to him.

I think that God has given me this experience and us, our Yolanda and her accident so we might understand and share with others that are hurting and in need.

We Need a Little Christmas This Year.

There is another Christmas song that says "Christmas was made for children, children like you and me".

All of us have a bit of child in us.

I keep saying, "The day I have to grow up is they day they can bury me".

God loves children, even adult children.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Matthew 19:14

He wants to be our Heavenly Father.

Jesus reminds us how important it is to have a childlike faith and heart.

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Matthew 18:2-5

Jesus goes on to explain the woes of those who make one of his little one stumble.

“If anyone causes one of these little ones (and those who believe in me) to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!

Matthew 18:6-7

Notice Jesus says they must come, or happen.

My friends, we live in a fallen world.

Things will continue to get worse (this includes the weather).

It is so important that we have God in our lives.

It is so important we get God back in our schools and in our government and yes, at home.

If America can get back some of His blessings, things wont be so bad.

You can see the path we're heading down without him.

My friends, we live in a fallen world.

Things will continue to get worse (this includes the weather).

It is so important that we have God in our lives.

It is so important we get God back in our schools and in our government and yes, at home.

If America can get back some of His blessings, things wont be so bad.

You can see the path we're heading down without him.

Our prayers go out to Newtown, Connecticut and for the many that have lost loved ones around the world.

A Side Thought:

A few years back, there was an NCIS episode where a freak was murdering people because he wanted to get noticed.

He wanted to be immortalized for his crimes.

To be famous.

Face it, few remember the victims at all.

Yet the bad guy gets his/her mug and name plastered all over TV and the print media.

I digress.

Gibbs and his gang captured the killer alive and he couldn't wait to see his face and name plastered everywhere.

What Gibbs did was something like this.

"For national security reasons and Homeland Security, the name and face were with held."

How nice it would be if the criminal was never mentioned.

It wouldn't get rid of all the sickness, but it may limit some of it.

Media personnel, think about that one.

We Need a Little Christmas Right Now.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

Last week's positive thought

The Profit Isaiah mentioned this 700 years before the birth of Christ.

Hug your loved ones a little tighter and a bit more often.

Be thankful for what you have.

Give The glory where glory is due.

Welcome Jesus into your heart, that is why he came.

As a gift for you and me.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Like it or not, that is the best I can do right now.

Share this letter with others if you choose.

Cancel if you choose.

More than ever, I need time to be with my loved ones and to rest up a bit.

I will be back January 7th of 2013 (Lord Willing).

Until then........................

A Very Merry and God Filled Christmas and a Blessed New Year to everyone.

God Bless.

We Need a Little Christmas Right This Very Minute. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.Therefore honor God with your bodies.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord".

Luke 2:11

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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