Christmas Giving For All Lost Souls

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An acrostic poem

Christ

has

risen

in

seasonal glory

to

move

all hearts,

sad and sorry,

giving

individuals

visions of his

grace and glory.

For

over the land

rampant sin wages

atrocities in his name. We

lose sight of what the season is about.

Lose sight of what he is about.

Sacrificing our salvation

over greed, power, lust, fear, we are but

undulating lost masses of flesh, not humanity,

lost but for his grace and his gift…

SALVATION.

Let's put Christ back in Christmas

His gift is the only one that really keeps giving all the years long. His is the grace that allows for those of us who believe in him to be more than we are, to forgive, to strive through pain, to love through trial and torment, to truly live. He is the hope for humanity, the original spirit of brotherhood for all mankind, the best of any ideal we can ever aspire to know.

How is it we can wage war in his name? How is it we can hurt others through word, thought or deed when we say we believe and think they don’t? Did he not say plant a seed, not stomp on it for not sprouting as we wish? Christ loves the sinner. Is there anyone alive or dead who doesn’t fit into that demographic?

Religion has for eons untold been an excuse used for waging war. Personally, I have a theory on this. I don’t know if anyone will agree, and I suspect many may take offense and for that I am sorry, but this is my thought. The Bible tells us of a man who tried to build a ladder to heaven. I believe his name was Nebakanezer. If I remember correctly, and that’s a big if folks, I do believe God struck down the effort to reach heaven through deed and at that time divided mankind making them speak different languages and scattering them to far away lands.

While Santa keeps getting top billing at the Mall, Christmas is truly about Christ.

Funny version

What's In a Word?

Language itself shapes the way we think. It shapes how we communicate. Read anything that has been translated several times and compare it to the original work and you will see so much is lost in translation.
What if many religions, maybe most religions, though using different names and phrases were at their inception actually talking about the same God? Is it so far fetched to think that they are not considering each language is different? How could each use the same name for him or for religion itself when he purposefully made each language different at that time?

What kind of light does that shed on war waged in the name of religion?

No man is perfect, far, far from it. Man en masse is much less so. Why is it that as a collective we tend to be so much more cruel than I have to believe most of us are individually? What fear is it that drives our nations to such acts of brutality in the name of a so called good, in the name of what‘s right, in the name of God? Does anyone else see the glaringly tragic irony?

Let’s not only put Christ back in Christmas, but in the rest of the year, every year, as well.

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Silent Night

Silence
is the only way to
let his voice be heard, to
enter our hearts
now,
to speak to our souls.

Now
is the time.
Go to him in prayer. Open your
heart to the only gift that will ever matter,
to his divine love.

The Temptations Silent Night

So many of us, myself included, are seldom if ever still, ever silent within ourselves. Is it not possible that we don’t hear Christ because the constant symphony of crazy going on inside us drowns out his voice? Be still. Let go of the thoughts, the emotions, the fears and ideas, the constant mental process and allow something larger in. He said he will only come when asked. He was not known for screaming over the din. Be silent within yourself. Be at peace. Let go of that which fills us so that something greater can.

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All I want for Christmas

All I want for Christmas is
love for my fellow humans,
love for all creatures great and small.

In

wintry lands and desert sands
all the scattered vestiges of humanity
now come together in harmony.
Tonight. If just for this one night.

For we must love each other. We must
overcome the hate and fear.
Rejoice my brothers and sisters for

Christ died so that we may live.
He gave his very blood for you.
In every soul there longs forgiveness.
Sin is in us all.
Today, right now, always, he is with us to wash it away.

The Grinch That Stole Christmas

The frailty of man afflicts us each and everyone.
Hatred creeps into our hearts like a thief in the night,
ever diligent in evil’s desire to corrupt our very souls.

Give yourself over to a power greater than yourself.
Reach out to the love and forgiveness only he can give.
Inside each of us there is the spark of greatness that only he can ignite.
Choose.
He won’t do it for you.

That only you can do for yourself.
His grace and love knows no bounds.
Acceptance is guaranteed when asked for with honest belief and repentance.
That grace is beyond any gold, any power, any human love or ability we possess.

Seal yourself to his kingdom,
the kingdom that will never die, never be conquered.
Only it will go on for time everlasting and inexhaustible.
Let his love be your north star for all others are but shooting stars soon to crash.
Ever and ever is the limitlessness of his love, his ability to work miracles in our lives.

Christ
has
redemption,
is our only
salvation.
Trust in him
more as each night you
slumber…

In his name to awaken anew.

Don’t let the Grinch steal your heart.

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Santa - Outright lie to children or harmless fantasy?

Do you think it is a good idea to let children believe in Santa Clause?

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And, after Christmas... What then?

The coming year promises to be challenging on a scale most of us can only dream of in our worst nightmares. When can you remember we as a collective human group ever facing so many tribulations at once? Wars and violence cover the globe like a spreading cancer devouring everything good they can. Famine and plague, oppression and greed, lust and sin have become more common place than prayer. They surround us and bombard us from all directions every time we go outside, turn on the TV, surf our dear internet, play our mindlessly addictive games that do no good for anyone, and spend money on things we don‘t need in an effort to fill a hole within ourselves that never can be filled by anything mankind can produce. God has been kicked out of our schools. Christ is no longer welcome in Christmas in too many public places. The Lord’s house is defiled by our young, the so called hope for our future. Santa is a more recognizable figure to children than Jesus. Hate has become the meat and potatoes on too many tables. Fear has taken the reigns of the masses and sent them screaming into the streets to beg for they don’t even know what across the globe.

Stand up within yourself. Believe, for that may be all we have to sustain us in the coming months and without it we are doomed. None of us can handle what is to come on our own. Anyone who thinks they can, even with the support of all of their family and friends is being dishonest with themselves. The coming trials are larger than any group of us alone can ever hope to be. He will be your strength. He will be your guide. He will save you. Yes, many of us will die in this life, in this upcoming year. He will be sure you live in the next, in the only one that matters, that lasts, that means anything.

Christmas is the season of hope. Let us cling to it and to our Lord as the lifeline he is.

God bless us all this Christmas and may we never, ever, forget Christ is the reason for the season.

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So Many Are Hurting

This Christmas even more so than most many American families are suffering. Won't you consider giving to another, if you can? If you can't afford to give monetary contributions, or food, or toys, or whatever, please, consider donating some of your time.

A great activity to help children learn that giving is what is most important is to take them, while you are there supervising of course, to volunteer some time serving meals to the homeless.

A few other worthy causes that will teach the same important lesson...

  • Help out at a local nursing home
  • Help out at a local animal shelter
  • Spend some time cleaning a local park
  • Help plant a community garden

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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Nice and Inspiring Hub!


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

ishwaryaa22 ~ Thank you and Merry Christmas!


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Since you started out with poetry, Poetvix, I almost didn't read, but hey, I should have realized poetry is right in your name. First I want to say, yes, let children believe in Santa Claus. So he now gets the biggest billing, so what? The kids that don't get taken to church by their parents won't know the difference, but they still might come to understand the concept of "giving."

Yesterday I received maybe the best gift ever: That of a very good "feeling." You maybe have heard of anonymus people going to Kmart and paying off layaways. I've been thinking about that and planning to do it too. Two days ago somebody went to the Fargo, ND, Kmart and gave $2000 anonymously. Well, I couldn't give that much, but I went to the store and talked to them. They showed me a list of bills, and I chose to pay the smallest in entirety. Even that smallest was more than I had planned on giving, because I'm not rich either. I saw it as a chance for that mother/father to get those gifts at least a couple days before Christmas. I hope it was for children but if it was a spouse giving to their spouse, that's fine too. My family (the people I spend Christmas with) their kids have more than they need, so I'm giving no gifts there, and I likely won't tell them about this, but I wanted to tell somebody about the gift "I" received, so I decided to tell you, Poetvix. The people I gave to won't thank me because I also did it anonymously, but the looks those two women working in layaway gave me is thanks enough by far. I left that store...well, I can't even describe how I felt.

Thank you for this hub, Poetvix, and Merry Christmas to you.

James W. Nelson


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Subron7 ~ I'm really glad you did read, but more so that you commented. You make a point about Santa I had never considered. I remember when I was a child I literally loved Santa. I'm not talking about presents so much here though I loved those too, but rather, the big guy himself. To me he was a saint. He was kind and gentle and full of love. When my father told me he was not real, I was crushed, but also shocked. I could not believe they had lied to me and it took a long time before I totally believed anything an adult told me after. I'm glad you chimed in here with your thoughts for you make a good point I had not considered.

I had not heard of the K-mart payoffs. This is truly in the spirit of Christmas. By far this is the best real life thing I have heard this season and I hope more of us do as you have done. You have warmed my heart on this cold morning and I thank you for it. I don't typically encourage one Hubber to read any specific other but in this case I feel moved. I read a Christmas story last night by fellow Hubber, Will Star. Your deed reminds me so much of the character in his story. It's well worth the read. God bless you, sir. It occurs to me that for someone, you are Santa this year. I think you did the spirit of the big guy proud. Merry Christmas to you!


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

My friend, Poetvix, thank you for this response. I don't remember being let down when I learned the truth about Santa Claus. I know I believed in him for a long time, so probably was older and able to handle it. Not like today when kids are literally streaking into growing up.

Nuff said there. Will Starr is another of my good friends on HubPages. I never miss his delightful stories, and I'm pretty sure I know which one you're referring to. Thanks again for your response to my comment.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

SubRon7 ~ It's always a pleasure to see you and more so to read what you have to say. You typically display much in the way of common sense which is sorely lacking today in too many of us.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Very moving poetvix. Merry Christmas to you and yours and may God bless you and keep you.

The Frog


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feenix 4 years ago

Hello, poetvix,

This post is a beautiful, heart-warming work of art. As a matter of fact, and assuming that you do not mind, I am printing it out so I can add it to "my personal collection of inspirational works."


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

The Frog Prince ~ Thank you, Sir Frog, and a most Merry Christmas for you and your family as well. God bless!

Feenix ~ I don't know what to say. There is no greater compliment any amateur, want to be writer could ever have than someone wanting to keep their work. You have given me a wonderful gift and I thank you.

Merry Christmas to you, sir and I hope the spirit of it and our Lord stays with you always. God bless and keep you and yours in the years ahead.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Poetvix this was fantastic!!!!!


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Frank ~ Thank you very much. Merry Christmas!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

This is beautifully done.. I agree with you..every part.I keep saying let's put Jesus back into Christmas. So many people want to take HIM out.

I admire you for writing this.

Merry Christmas to you and your family..


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Deborah ~ Thank you so much for your kind words and for your time. Many do want to take Christ out of Christmas and are getting really ugly about it. Many are getting ugly about taking Christ out of our culture, schools, thoughts, and anything else they can find. To me, this is pure evil though I doubt they think of it in those terms. God bless you and your family and I wish you a most Merry Christmas.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Again I agree with you...

Merry Christmas to you too

debbie


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Debbie ~ Thank you. I just read your latest Hub. I encourage everyone to do the same. It's truly moving.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

I must agree with feenix - this hub is a work of art. Your acrostic poem is brilliant, and so the others. Your reasoning is exquisite and inspiring. Christian principles, as it was established by Jesus, are the way to salvation. Unfortunately people, including Paul, had twisted Jesus' preaching according to their personal objectives, and we are still twisting it to suit our personal principles.

And I am so much in agreement with SubRon7 :)

Thanks, poetvix, I really enjoyed this hub of yours. May this Christmas and 2012 meet all your expectations.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Martie ~ Thank you so much. God be with you always for you are truly one of the sweetest Hubbers I know. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones and may God bless and keep you in the days ahead.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, poet, lovely hub, and your words were so true, you mentioned the fact that they don't have religion in schools any more, and that drives me mad. In England the other day, children were asked who the Messiah was and some said Simon Cowell!! they had no idea, and people were saying that the children were stupid, but I was screaming at the tv, no! how are they supposed to know if nobody tells them? so yes Christmas is about Jesus and giving, and I hope you have a great Christmas, take care nell


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Nell ~ Simon Cowell as the messiah? That is truly sad. I have heard him compared to the Devil but never before now to Christ. And how right you are. How can anyone expect them to know? I don't know about there, but here, a teacher can get fired just for talking about religion in class if someone wants to push it. God help the young.

Merry Christmas to you and yours as well and I hope the coming year brings you many, many blessings.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

One of the best Christmas Hubs on the site poetvix. You've really done a marvelous creation with the acrostic poems here(now I know what this style of poetry is called..lol) and yes, lets not let the Grinch steal our hearts- ever. Merry Christmas n Happy New Year poetvix.:)


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Alastar ~ Thank you so much for your very kind comment. I don't know what possessed me to do this kind of poem as I'm pretty loyal to the epic version but I'm glad I did. I really liked your article about the mysteries in your Carolina mountains. While I did grow up near a reservation, as mentioned, it was not a Cherokee one. I am originally from MS and was fortunate enough to visit the Choctaw reservation there many times as a child. The level of poverty imposed on a great people by our government is shameful at best. It's beautiful in the green hills where I ran amuck as a child but TX is home now and I love it too.

Merry Christmas to you and all of your family!


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epigramman 4 years ago

..well this is a prime example of why you are one of my favorite writers and hubbers with the presentation of this most moving and touching hub subject -and will be posted on my Facebook page with a direct link back here - are you on Facebook by the way? My name there is Colin Stewart with the same profile photo - I would like to send you some favorite videos of my own and some of my favorite metal songs?

lake erie time 9:10pm will check out your link.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Dear Epi - Thank you! You are always so sweet and such the gentleman. I am there but I very seldom go there. I'm intrigued! Your favorite metal songs, huh? I can't wait to hear them. I have the same profile image there so you will know it's me when you get the request. God bless you Colin and merry, MERRY Christmas to you and those you love and the kitties too!

My mastiff is currently going nuts because she smells desert for tomorrow cooking and is totally beside herself. She thinks she needs to supervise. I'm in the garage smoking and surfing and she is insisting I go back to the kitchen by snorting at me and pawing me with her huge foot while looking toward the kitchen which is making typing somewhat of a challenge...She is nothing if not persistent. We will be lucky if she allows us to have any of it when it's done. She's my great, big, demanding, drooling baby and I wouldn't give her up for the world.


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epigramman 4 years ago

..well that's true end of the world love - 'cos I know - my two cats are my very best friends and I tell them that I love them - everyday.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Epi ~ Oh yea, true love for sure. It's going to kill me when she's gone. She is ten and that's about two years longer than her predicted lifespan. Considering how little time we have left with her, she gets anything she wants...And, she knows she does :). Who am I kidding? She has always gotten whatever she wants and if we have our say it's going to stay that way.


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sofs 4 years ago

Beautiful, Heartwarming and wonderful hub... I am glad to have read this...but I need to come back again for a leisurely read.. Thank you for sharing and Wish you a Merry Christmas :) God Bless:)


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Sofs ~ Thanks bunches for your kindness. You are welcome on any of my Hubs any time.

God bless you and a most Merry Christmas for you and your loved ones.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Poetvix

This was absolutely beautiful!!


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Sueswan ~ Thank you :). Happy New Year and I hope God blesses and keeps you in the year to come.


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SommerDalton 4 years ago

These are beautiful !!Now I wish it was December:)


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

SommerDalton - Thank you! Hm, the idea of cooler weather and a much more cheery, generous atmosphere certainly sounds appealing to me right about now. And the food rocks :). God bless and happy hubbing!

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