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Thursday, February 22 – Collegiate Day of Prayer

The Power & Potential of United Prayer

“If added power attends the united prayer of two or three, what mighty triumphs there will be when hundreds of thousands of consistent members of the Church are with one accord day by day making intercession for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom.”  —John R. Mott

As concerned Oregonians, praying people, parents, grandparents, spiritual parents or friends of a college student, we feel deep concern about our local campuses. For almost 100 years, pastors and church members set aside a specific day to fervently pray and intercede for America’s college campuses. The Collegiate Day Of Prayer is an opportunity for us to unite with like-minded believers across the country and pray not only for our loved ones who attend college, but the broader campus community as well.

Join others across Oregon to pray for every college in our state. Pray Oregon will host prayer calls on Feb. 22 from 6am – 9am and 6pm-9pm ( 3-hours blocks), as well as an hour at noon.  Schedule and printable flyer: Collegiate Day of Prayer 2018 CARD PDF

Select the flyer for Oregon to share with your churches and prayer groups. We are asking the Lord for broad participation in the Body of Christ!

RESOURCES:

Please go the National CDoP website on the link below for resources, including ways to pray. Collegiate Day of Prayer Resources


How to use and invite others to the Zoom Conference call


Pray Oregon is inviting you to a statewide prayer call. We are using Zoom, which can be accessed by telephone, smart phone, tablet, or computer.

Join 1 of 3 ways:

  1. Join from web browser on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:  https://zoom.us/j/5419997777
  2. Or iPhone one-tap:  16699006833,,5419997777#  or 16465588656,,5419997777#
  3. Or Telephone: 1-669-900-6833, or 1-646-558-8656, Meeting ID: 5419997777

To download the app on your smart phone (ignore this if not using a smart phone):

  • go to your Play Store
  • search for Zoom & choose Zoom Cloud Meetings
  • install the app, specifying your full name in the setup

If using a computer, the first time you use the URL link above it may need to download and install Zoom. You do NOT need to have your own account, we will be using the Pray Oregon account. You only need to connect to the link.

Feel free to try out the connection ahead of time and get familiar with the app on your smart phone or computer.

A Region 4 Update – “January Answers To Prayer”

Pastor Steve Buss, One Hope Executive Director and Pray Oregon Connector in Region 4 (Lane County) has graciously provided us with the most recent One Hope newsletter, ‘January 2018 Answers to Prayer’, giving us an exciting testimony of how God’s amazing love and power is moving through Oregon.

Downloadable PDF Newsletter from One Hope Network:
Jan 2018 Answers to Prayer-2

One Church One Day       One Hope Eugene Facebook

One Hope joins together pastors, leaders, churches and ministries to love God, love each other and demonstrate His love to our community in the greater Eugene/Springfield area. This happens through three objectives:

Together Seek the Lord through worship and prayer

Together Seek

Together Serve our community through partnerships

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Together Share the Good News with our neighbors

Together Share

In other words, the Jesus-following pastors, churches, and people in our area know each other, love each other, and serve together.  We trust the outcome of our love and collaboration will be our community seeing Jesus’ love more clearly.

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“Help Me Find the Perfect Bride”

“Help Me Find The Perfect Bride”

Jim Moore – Salem, OR

Scientists say 50-70,000 thoughts a day pass through your mind every day. So how does it happen that every so often, one thought sticks out among all the rest—so much so that you are convinced that it came from God Himself? I cannot answer how that is, but millions have testified of it happening to them, and I too have had this experience. There are some words, thoughts and phrases that stick out more than others. Word’s from Heaven. For me, these words are on a scale of varying degrees.

On one end of the scale, there are words I’m not really sure came from the Lord, but I think they might have. On the other far end of the scale there are words I am so sure came from Him, that I would bet my life on them. And I have. These are the words I acted upon and they have changed the course of my life…and the life of others.

Whenever I begin to doubt what I am called to do, or the current direction in life I am to take, I gravitate back to a single phrase given to me in a forest just outside of Silver Creek Falls, near Silverton Oregon. That phrase was: “Help Me find the perfect Bride.” It came to me in such a way, with such clarity and volume in my spirit, that I could scarcely help but believe it was from the Lord. And so, with assurance that it was Divine, I could do nothing but move towards it in obedience. Not many words come to you like this. At least they don’t to me. It would be nice if God always spoke with such force and power, but then I suppose it wouldn’t take as much faith, and faith is necessary for us to grow and be refined in our love for Him.

The first thing that sticks out to me about this phrase is the word: “Help.” Because God doesn’t really need help, it tells me that He desires partnership. God can do everything pretty well without us. Yet He so values our friendship and fellowship, that we are invited to assist He who needs no assistance. It’s His work, and He wants me to work right along side of Him. Not to work for Him but to work with Him. Kind of like a junior partner in the family business.

Then there’s the idea of finding a “Perfect Bride.” This reminds me of the patriarch Abraham, whose servant went looking for a bride for his son Isaac.

“Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, “Please, put your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell; but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” (Genesis 24:1-4)

There are three characters in this portion of the story. The Father (Abraham), the Son (Isaac), and the Servant of the Father. Isaac has long been recognized by Bible scholars as a biblical type of Jesus Christ the Son of promise. God the Father has been searching for a Bride for His Beloved Son for about 2000 years now. He has been doing this through His servant—believers who are of the household of faith. He has gathered people from every walk of life—men and women, young and old, rich and poor, every tongue, tribe, and ethnicity are continuing to make up a gloriously diverse Bride with one thing in common—their love for Jesus the Bridegroom.

This Bride will be “perfect” not because she is never weak, or never wrong, or because she never makes mistakes. She is made perfect by the precious blood of the Lamb. The only perfect One and the only One whose sacrifice that can make us clean. This too we all have in common. Our work is to help this sinless One in His quest. To find a Bride who doesn’t even know she is a Bride.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:25-27)

“He who has the Bride is the Bridegroom…” (John 3:29a)

“And the Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’” (Revelation 22:17a)

There are many right now in our streets, and schools, and places of work, who are as we were not so long ago, wondering what their purpose in life is, and completely unaware of a God who loves us so much He gave everything to be with them. They are blind to the fact that their true destiny, their yet to be discovered future, is to be a Bride to the God of the universe. Something too good to be true—and yet it is. A real life Cinderella story of one thought unworthy to be loved but loved by a King. Someone called to go from the gutter to the Throne. What could be more important than that? What message rivals that one? So because we love Him, His quest must become our quest too. To search for the treasure He so deserves. To find those who don’t even know they need to be found.

To help Him find the perfect Bride.

She awaits.

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2018 A Lineup of Events for Oregon Women

           Linda David, President for Mid-Valley Women of Christ has given us a full line up of exciting events for women in 2018!  She’s encouraging you to get out and join other Oregon women.  Let’s join in praying that each of these events will produce great eternal fruit.

Linda says, “I hope this helps you see that God is pouring it out on Oregon and loves the women of our state!”  READ MORE and link to the events on the MVWC website …CLICK HERE

 

Living Proof Live with Beth Moore ( Live)

February 9-10 2018

Overlake Christian Church

Sponsored by LifeWay – Ticketed event

 

 

 

IF: Salem

Gathering February 9-10th

Simulcast with many national speakers and authors

Church on the Hill South, Turner Oregon
Sponsored by IF: International Jennie Allen.

Ticketed Event

 

The Freedom Project Tour

Thursday February 22nd 2018

Salem Alliance Church, Salem Oregon

Sponsored by Jennie Allen.

Ticketed Event

 

Valley Wide Night of Worship & Praise with Carol Kent (live)

March 8th

Life Community Church, Corvallis, Oregon

Sponsored by Mid-Valley Women of Christ  – Free Event

 

 

Sheila Walsh (Live)

June 1-2nd

Life Community Church
Corvallis, Oregon
Sponsored by HOPE 1-7.9 FM Radio.  Ticketed Event

 

Abundance Event

November 3rd  featuring seven national speakers/authors

Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR

Sponsored by Lifeway.  Ticketed Event

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Aldersgate December 2017 Images

We celebrated with Donald Foery!
Praying over Wendell, the Legislative Friend at the Capitol in Salem.
Praying over Mark Dole from Father Bernard’s Youth Center, Mt. Angel, OR
Reed, Kathy and Jim from Central Oregon Prayer Team, teaching us to make our unique sounds.
Sounds of prayer.
Pamela clapping and declaring God’s goodness!
Making a wish, and so thankful to God for his family of God.

 

Charlotte sounding the shofar.
Reed, Kirk and Jim from Central Oregon Prayer Team teaching the Sound Workshop.
Grace & Miriam – making sounds of prayer.

Connector’s Connection!

A team gathered at the Connector’s Meeting on December 1st & 2nd and experienced a wonderful time of sound workshop training, receiving direction and casting vision.  We captured some pictures of this exciting meeting, and were extra blessed to share in the celebration of Donald Foery’s 80th birthday!  This gathering ignited sound in worship, and passion for the Pray Oregon vision in 2018.  Our own Kathy White, part of the Central Oregon Prayer Team & Region 6 Prayer Connector, penned the word given to her by the Lord after the meeting.  We know you will be as blessed as we are!  Here is a link to see more images: SEE MORE PICS

Dear Ekklesia,
Last night I woke up at 2 with the heaviest grief of the sense of darkness, because of the encroachment of the enemy, through the media and entertainment and education industries, that have stolen the hearts, minds and eyes of the people.  I see it first hand in the lives of my own sons and daughters and family members. I see it in the church. I see it in my own home and life.
I began to repent, and crying out for deliverance. For Christ. For revelation.  As all of you have. We have all had this same knowledge of darkness and grief and labor of intercession. Travail.  That is what happened Sunday at the Central Oregon Prayer Team meeting, when Jim Donahue began to share the scriptures of Christ’s burden to intercede. Ezekiel 9:4-11, Jeremiah 9:1, Jeremiah 13, and 14:17, Psalm 118:36, Revelations7:2&3.  As he began to share them he came under attack from the enemy in his chest, and his face turned a grey ashen color. We had to stop intercession and pray over him until he was free. Then deep weeping and travail began.  I believe it was a sign of the beginning of birth pains for this season. And intercession of Christs’ heart for now. For the people sitting in deep darkness.
I went back to sleep around 4. I woke again at 6. The first thing God spoke to me is what I know will confirm what The Holy Spirit has been speaking to you.
He said December 21 is the shortest Day of The Year. The darkest day. It represents the deep darkness over people in the Spirit.  Then He said to me the most beautiful thing. I could feel so much hope and peace and love and His heart as He spoke. “Today is the acceptable time. Today, while it is still today, pray. I will hear from heaven. I have heard your weeping, your fasting, your prayers. Your steadfastness.”  Even as in the natural realm as it is the shortest, darkest day of the year, Dec. 21, as light in the natural begins to break in adding more light a little longer to each day, I am breaking in, in The Spirit into all you have prayed and are praying each day revealing more of Myself each day until the longest brightest day of the year.”
“Be encouraged to pray into The Light. The breaking in of My Spirit more and more each day. Don’t relent, believe. With groaning, sounds, tambourines, dancing, worship, praise, fasting.”
He is Elohim, yoked together with His people. We are His exalted ones, His perfect partners. Song of Solomon 4 (Passion version ph. 32,34 endnotes), Psalm 102 “As God reveals Himself to Zion to restore and give her children, He responds to the prayers of the poor and broken…His re-created people.”  Through this we give Him Glory! 2 Cor. 6 and Luke 2:37.  I’ve added a web sight on travail you might like, http://nfj-intercession.weebly.com/travailing-intercession.html
I’m so blessed to be in this Ekklesia with you which, Yahweh Himself has raised up; together with Christ for such a time as this. Amen
Sincerely with love to all my brethren,
Kathy White
P.S. I can’t help but think how much more He must be showing all of you, who know much more in The Spirit than I do; being just a retired schoolteacher, who has not spent enough time yet in His Presence. So I’m hoping this opens a dialogue between all of us about His light breaking in more each day.
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Ekklesia – Why Did Jesus Choose It?

Editor’s note: After the first time I heard Greg Simas speak on the Ekklesia, I walked out the room stunned, and my husband turned to me and exclaimed, “man, he sure baked my noodle!” What followed in our hearts was a whirlwind of renewed hope, joy, and inspiration of what we’ve come to believe “can be” instead of bewilderment of what “has been” in the Ekklesia. Greg Simas is the Founder and Senior Leader of Convergence House of Prayer in Fremont, California, and he came to share with us his discoveries on the Ekklesia at the recent Connector’s Meeting in Turner, Oregon. Below is an article worthy of attention.  Warning, it is weighty, so don’t rush through it. Let it sink in, and I’m sure you’ll find hope and relief as well.

Nov 6, 2017 By Greg Simas

Why Did Jesus Choose the Ekklesia?

At the birth of Jesus, there were three major institutions: the Temple, the Synagogue, and the Ekklesia. We are familiar with the Temple and aware of the Synagogue, but we know virtually nothing about the Ekklesia, and yet the Ekklesia is the redemptive agency Jesus assigns to us to carry on His mission to disciple nations.

The Temple and the Synagogue

The Temple goes as far back as Solomon and is traced through the Old Testament as the place where God’s presence dwelt and sacrifices were offered.

The origins of the Synagogue are obscure, but most would agree that they started springing up around 300 BC as places within cities to maintain Jewish community, teachings, and traditions. The Law was read, prayer and worship were offered, and Jewish people connected relationally in synagogues.

While there was one temple, centered in Jerusalem, there were hundreds of synagogues scattered throughout the Roman Empire. We read that Jesus and the Apostle Paul ministered in both the temple area and these synagogues.

So why didn’t Jesus choose either of these to build His “church”? Why would he choose the Ekklesia over the holy, presence-centered Temple and/or the synagogues which were well-established in practice and present throughout the Roman world?

The Ekklesia

The third major institution was the Ekklesia. The Ekklesia dates back to about 400 BC when the empire was ruled by the Greeks. The Greek Ekklesia was established in every city as an assembly that governed and legislated. Ekklesiaes were made up of people who were duly convened to create and expand the Greek culture within the empire.

When Rome conquered the Greek Empire, they adopted the Ekklesia and expanded its power and influence. These Ekklesiae also became vehicles for cultural colonization of newly acquired territories.

Roman Ekklesiae were deputized by the Roman Emperor for his will to be done where the Ekklesiae were to be sent.

“The Ekklesia was understood to mean both the institution and the system by which territories were governed by selected local leaders who had been infused with the culture and customs of Rome to rule on its behalf” — Ed Silvoso.
Why then did Jesus choose the Ekklesia?

Jesus could have established the temple as the place where His glory would be released and/or could have stated that He would build a worldwide network of synagogues for every tribe and tongue, but He didn’t.

The temple/synagogue functioned in buildings that members had to go to on specialized occasions, whereas the Ekklesia was mobile, operating 24/7 in the seven mountains (spheres of culture) of a city for the purpose of busting down the Gates of Hades and destroying the works of the devil, transforming people, cities, and nations.

Moreover, Jesus viewed the Ekklesia as an assembly of his people who had become members through conversion. He established that if even only two or three gathered in his name, the government of God was present!

By selecting the Ekklesia instead of the temple/synagogue, Jesus chose a structure better suited to succeed not just in religious Israel, but also in pagan societies. His ultimate goal was not to expand religious institutions, but to penetrate the Gates of Hades by inserting the leaven of His Kingdom into their culture through His Ekklesia.

It’s important to note that within Christ’s Ekklesia he keeps key elements of both the Temple and the Synagogue. Jesus carries over the indwelling presence, prayer and the worship of God from the Temple and the scriptures and fellowship from the Synagogue.

Also, it’s worth noting that in the Gospels, Jesus did not speak much about how to build a church, or plant churches, because he had the Ekklesia in mind from the foundations of the world.

Jesus as the Ekklesia!

Just reread the gospels through an Ekklesia paradigm, and you will see that Jesus lived an Ekklesia lifestyle. His ministry flowed out from is identity as the Ekklesia.

He left the Kingdom of Heaven to bring His Kingdom to Earth.
He destroyed the works of the devil, making wrong things right from Heaven’s perspective.
He legislated, administrated, and demonstrated the Kingdom of God through prayer, signs, wonders, deliverance, and miracle-working power.
He did not confine himself to certain structures. He was in homes, businesses, synagogues, the temple, and on the streets.
He talked to Jews, Romans, Pharisees, tax collectors, prostitutes, the forgotten, the broken, the rich, and the poor.
His influence far exceeded the religious culture in touching every realm of society.
He served and loved others while being fully anointed by the Holy Spirit.
He wasn’t institutionalized but revolutionized everyplace he went. He was salt. He was light. He was yeast. He was a reformer. The Son of God. The Christ.
Jesus was unstoppable!

Jesus is the eternal Son of God who lived as the Ekklesia, as His redemptive agency, legislating heaven to earth, and He is calling us to do the same. Jesus does not want us to “settle” for just “doing church” but to be His Ekklesia, His called-out ones, who legislate heaven to earth, bringing His Kingdom everywhere.

Why the Ekklesia?

It’s Mobile – Where two or three are gathered, anywhere!
It’s Cultural – It impacts every part of society.
It’s Normal – It functioned as a lifestyle not an event. A normal part of life.
It’s Influential – As yeast influences the dough, so the Ekklesia influences culture.
It’s Relational – People-centered, not building-centered.
It’s Responsible – Everyone has an assignment. No consumers.
It’s Reproducible – Paul can be in Philippi one week and leave an Ekklesia there. Ekklesias reproduce quickly.
It’s Reformational – Changed lives, changed families, changed cities.
It’s Moral – Kingdom moral-code was the glue that held it all together.
It’s Governmental – Legislating and administrating through prayer, power, service, and love.
It’s Powerful – Signs/Wonders/Miracles/Healing/Deliverance.
It’s Unstoppable – Turning whole cities upside down for God’s glory.

We are left with a choice, do we continue to “do church” as usual or do step into the fullness of becoming the Ekklesia? It’s our choice.

Subscribe to updates from Pastor Greg Simas and view additional teachings, as well as order resources on his website.
http://gregsimas.org/ekklesia-series-prayer-the-number-one-functional-priority-of-the-ekklesia/

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Sound As Worship – Let The Heavens Declare On Earth!

Mark Zimel – Ontario Prayer Connector, Meridian, ID    Recently, while driving home, I came upon a license plate on a truck ahead of me which read….”What If”…This reignited my thoughts taken from the recent Pray Oregon Retreat I attended with a couple dozen people at Aldersgate Retreat Center in Salem December 1 – 2, 2017.

After 61 years of life, coming to Christ when I was 25, getting involved as Coordinator of Men’s Ministries at First Baptist Church in Portland when I was 42, and experiencing a divorce after 28 years of marriage at 50, “What if” has always lead to some new adventures. Some more delightful than others, some met more fearfully than others but adventures nonetheless. All of these adventures had one thing in common. I walked through them knowing God was by my side. Just for the record, I wasn’t always seeking His Word as usual, as some of the times I was “tipped over”, no, “stunned” that things turned out like they had. So this license plate’s “What if” harkened my spirit of the days I felt more in tune with my walk with my Lord.

The “What if” that touched my spirit at the conference had me asking What if…. I have experienced a Christianity that is not the current or full expression of Christianity my Lord has planned for me…I sense I may have fallen into patterns that have dulled my spirit and the direction my Lord has selected for me. Am I hearing Him? Am I seeking God’s purposes and teachings He Has set out for me? “What if”… after 35 some years of seeking Him and Him seeking me, He has thrown me, no, all of us into a new season of worship and ways to both “Follow” and “War” for Him?

That and nothing less consumed me while at the conference for Pray Oregon. The first “What if” came as we were introduced to Jim, Kurt, Reid, Kathy, & Miriam from the Central Oregon Prayer Team in Redmond, Oregon. “What if” our usual form of worship…, praying…, the singing of hymns, singing of prayers from the scriptures, and a myriad of other songs to prepare our hearts for worship have missed a scriptural element of “His worship and His warship”? They added to their intercessory prayer sessions the use of musical instruments, rhythm, and the vibrations they created to send out into the atmosphere their praise and prayers to God as a way of breaking the darkness in our lands.

They introduced that the Native American Indian used drums, as well as flutes, and string instruments (which were all once generally considered evil because the Indians were using them) to talk with God “the Creator” (They knew God, just not His Son)!   They opened with the scriptural background of Joshua 6 where God directed Joshua and his army to be faithfully obedient to His directions to walk around the city of Jericho for 7 days and thereafter using many trumpets (shofar) and their shouting voices, to receive a promise from God and bring Jericho down.

The Song of Solomon says…break forth with your sounds so others may feast on His bride. In Psalms it says to make joyful noises/praises to our King with rhythm from our drums. They recalled that David used a harp to remove Saul’s’ evil spirits also that David would play instruments to search his heart. How do you keep the devil away?By combining intercession and worship to destroy the darkness.

What an eye/spirit opening reminder of things mentioned in scriptures that we may have gone past while formatting our contemporary services…assemblies…church!

In another session, Pastor Greg Simas from the Convergence House of Prayer in Fremont, CA , introduced that we have raised up churches that are pastoral where one speaks & teaches from the word of God to many who listen. These pastoral churches measure their success through attendance and the number of attendees. He goes on to say that when one looks at Jesus and His Apostles, one sees an Apostolic Model, where one will measure their success through “influence”. He introduced the idea that our churches are creating “consumers instead of conquerors”.

Pastor Greg reminded us that Jesus took the disciples to the gates of Hades to bring a new kingdom to populate heaven. Jesus says He will build His “Ekklesia”, His legislative Assembly. Greg went on to say that Jesus’ perfect example of “Ekklesia” on Earth (mentioned in Isaiah 9:6) was to bring a government wherever you go…”Jesus carried a government on His shoulders”. One that was loyal to God through His Son.

Prayer and Worship and Apostolic becomes the new breath or spirit. These are some observations to consider as we all move toward influencing others for Christ and His government!

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Unto Us a Child is Born

 “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the
government will be upon His shoulder.” (Isaiah 9:6a)
God is the great giver a gifts. During this season we give gifts to one another as an expression of our love. Love gives. We are told that God so loved the world that He gave. It is a God-like characteristic to give. I’m a father of four children, and 11 grandchildren. I have had many opportunities to observe this reality of love in action. Children are absolutely internally wired to give out of a pure expression of love. And it doesn’t matter what they give to you. A color crayon picture. A bright yellow flower picked from the front yard, that only you know is a dandelion. Or if there’s nothing material to hand you, they will simply throw their tiny arms around your neck and squeeze saying those three words that we all along to hear “I love you.”
We are told in Isaiah 9:6 that the great gift God has given to us is a child. And then more descriptively—a Son. And not just any child, but His very own son. The next thing that we are told is that this Child leads to a government. We don’t typically associate a child with government. But that’s the kind of gift God has given us. Jesus said if anyone comes into the kingdom you must become a child.
“But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” (Mark 10:14-15)
There is something about the simplicity of love, and allowing it to govern our hearts, thoughts, words, and actions that is at very epicenter of what the government of God is all about.
This year let us ponder the greatest gift of all God has given to us, and seek to express the greatness of that gift to others. Let us remember that it is not how grandiose the gift is that really matters, but that we simply give the pure childlike gift of our love to one another. The giving of your time. A kind word spoken, a simple acknowledgement of the value of that person to you. A note telling them how much you really do love them. Or maybe even a just color crayon drawing.
Let us take the time to go beyond the external things that we might exchange, and give something that comes from the heart. For that is the thing that will be remembered and valued the most. And that is the thing that truly matter to them in the end.
Merry Christmas!
Jim Moore
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