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Merry Christmas!

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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

William Arthur Ward

The three wise men brought presents to the king of kings: Jesus Christ. They expressed their gratitude. How do we express our gratitude on Christmas? Jesus Christ is the real present to the world. How do we express our gratitude to him today on his birthday? What do we give to HIM?

I wish you all a “Merry Christmas” with the christmas song: The reason why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpRPjriOogc

– How do you express gratitude on Christmas? –

 

 

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Inspirational Easter story

Last week we celebrated Easter – Jesus rose from the dead! What a joy!

When I worked as  a teacher, I told the kids why we celebrate Easter: Jesus died on the cross for our sins and he rose from the dead. Only through the death of Jesus Christ we have the possibility to connect with God. Before this there was a huge gap between God and us. But Jesus’ death on the cross made it possible for us to connect with God. But God gave us free will: it is up to us to decide, whether we want to accept his forgiveness for us personally or not. He doesn’t force anybody to come to him and accept his love and forgiveness.

For me it is amazing: Jesus’ loves me so much that he died for my sins, so that I might live! I have accepted this gift many, many years ago and for me it is the most precious gift I have ever received.

In the bible it sais in John 3,16:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Today I was reading a beautiful inspirational story about a boy. It reminded me of the children I taught at school. They can teach you so many things. I love the spontaneity of children and their beautiful thoughts.

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Jeremy was born with a twisted body, a slow mind, and a chronic, terminal illness that had been slowly killing him all his young life. Still, his parents had tried to give him as normal a life as possible and had sent him to St. Theresa’s Elementary School.

At the age of 12, Jeremy was only in second grade, seemingly unable to learn. His teacher, Doris Miller, often became exasperated with him. He would squirm in his seat, drool and make grunting noises. At other times, he spoke clearly and distinctly, as if a spot of light had penetrated the darkness of his brain. Most of the time, however, Jeremy irritated his teacher. One day, she called his parents and asked them to come to St. Teresa’s for a consultation.

As the Forresters sat quietly in the empty classroom, Doris said to them, “Jeremy really belongs in a special school. It isn’t fair to him to be with younger children who don’t have learning problems. Why, there is a five-year gap between his age and that of the other students!”

Mrs. Forrester cried softly into a tissue while her husband spoke. “Miss Miller,” he said, “there is no school of that kind nearby. It would be a terrible shock for Jeremy if we had to take him out of this school. We know he really likes it here.”

Doris sat for a long time after they left, staring at the snow outside the window. Its coldness seemed to seep into her soul. She wanted to sympathize with the Forresters. After all, their only child had a terminal illness. But it wasn’t fair to keep him in her class. She had 18 other youngsters to teach, and Jeremy was a distraction. Furthermore, he would never learn to read and write. Why waste any more time trying?

As she pondered the situation, guilt washed over her. “Oh God,” she said aloud, “here I am complaining when my problems are nothing compared with that poor family! Please help me to be more patient with Jeremy.”

From that day on, she tried hard to ignore Jeremy’s noises and his blank stares. Then one day he limped to her desk, dragging his bad leg behind him.

“I love you, Miss Miller,” he exclaimed, loud enough for the whole class to hear. The other students snickered, and Doris’s face turned red. She stammered, “Wh-why, that’s very nice, Jeremy. Now please take your seat.”

Spring came, and the children talked excitedly about the coming of Easter. Doris told them the story of Jesus, and then to emphasize the idea of new life springing forth, she gave each of the children a large plastic egg. “Now,” she said to them, “I want you to take this home and bring it back tomorrow with something inside that shows new life. Do you understand?”

“Yes, Miss Miller!” the children responded enthusiastically — all except for Jeremy. He just listened intently, his eyes never left her face. He did not even make his usual noises. Had he understood what she had said about Jesus^ death and resurrection? Did he understand the assignment? Perhaps she should call his parents and explain the project to them.

That evening, Doris’s kitchen sink stopped up. She called the landlord and waited an hour for him to come by and unclog it. After that, she still had to shop for groceries, iron a blouse, and prepare a vocabulary test for the next day. She completely forgot about phoning Jeremy’s parents.

The next morning, 19 children came to school, laughing and talking as they placed their eggs in the large wicker basket on Miss Miller’s desk. After they completed their math lesson, it was time to open the eggs.

In the first egg, Doris found a flower. “Oh yes, a flower is certainly a sign of new life,” she said. “When plants peek through the ground, we know that spring is here.”

A small girl in the first row waved her arms. “That’s my egg, Miss Miller,” she called out.

The next egg contained a plastic butterfly, which looked very real. Doris held it up. “We all know that a caterpillar changes and grows into a beautiful butterfly. Yes, that is new life, too”

Little Judy smiled proudly and said, “Miss Miller, that one is mine!”

Next, Doris found a rock with moss on it. She explained that moss, too, showed life. Billy spoke up from the back of the classroom. “My daddy helped me!” he beamed.

Then Doris opened the fourth egg. She gasped. The egg was empty! Surely it must be Jeremy’s, she thought, and, of course, he did not understand her instructions. If only she had not forgotten to phone his parents. Because she did not want to embarrass him, she quietly set the egg aside and reached for another.

Suddenly Jeremy spoke up. “Miss Miller, aren’t you going to talk about my egg?”

Flustered, Doris replied, “But Jeremy — your egg is empty!”

He looked into here eyes and said softly, “Yes, but Jesus^ tomb was empty too!”

Time stopped. When she could speak again, Doris asked him, “Do you know why the tomb was empty?”

“Oh, yes!” Jeremy exclaimed. “Jesus was killed and put in there. Then his Father raised him up!”

The recess bell rang. While the children excitedly ran out to the school yard, Doris cried. The cold inside her melted completely away.

Three months later, Jeremy died. Those who paid their respects at the mortuary were surprised to see 19 eggs on top of his casket, all of them empty.

May the Easter Eggs of all your friends and family be empty, too. 

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Jesus said:

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

John 11,25

??? What does Easter mean for you???

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Blessed new year 2013!

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Tomorrow is the last day of the year 2012 (or today – depending when you read this post or depending where you live =)

I can’t believe that this year is almost over again – it went by so fast.
It was a blessed year with lots of joy but also sadness.

When we went to the funeral of my auntie this week, I thought: I don’t know what people do who have no hope, who don’t know what comes after death?
In general funerals are very sad, because a person who we loved or know is not here on earth with us anymore.
But if you believe that there is life after death – a better life – it’s not that sad anymore. If a person loved God and commited his/her life to him on earth God promises a beautiful life with him when we die – our life finished on earth, but it will go on forever at a beautiful place :

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (Bible, John 11,25)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3,16+17)

“There will be “no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelations 21,4)

I really love these bible verses – because it gives me so much hope and peace.
I also know that my aunt believed this and that she commited her life to the one who is the way, the truth and the life! (written in John 14,6).

The day she died there was a bible verse written in a book which many christians around the world read on a daily basis (with verses from the bible) – it’s called: “Losungen” in German (it’s a devotional guide for every day).
On the day she died there was this following verse written: from Isaiah 60,19+20

“The sun will no more be your light by day,
nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
Your sun will never set again,
and your moon will wane no more;
the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your days of sorrow will end.”

What a beautiful verse!

I wish you God’s blessing for the new year 2013!

I don’t know how you feel about the next coming year: maybe you are happy, maybe you have sorrows, maybe you are sad, maybe you are desperate, maybe you are fearful, maybe you are hopeful?

My prayer is that you find/ experience the most important: peace with God.

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The most important birthday ever

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Dear blog readers,

thanks a lot for reading my blog and for your encouraging comments!

Wishing you a blessed Christmas!

For me it is very special time of the year – cause the person who I love most has birthday: Jesus Christ!

He is the one who gives my life meaning and fulfillment.

Today many thoughts were crossing my mind:

God is the one who knows the beginning and the end of your life – no one else. And he has everything in his hand. He knows what’s best for us and for others – even if we don’t understand everything.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55,8+9).

Yesterday I had my last working day (or let’s say night – cause I worked during the night) in the year 2012.

And I planned to fly for the day to see someone close to me in the hospital.
But Gods thoughts are higher than our ways.

Today I got the sad news that she went already to the place where there will be “no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelations 21,4). For me sad news but for her its the best place to be – and in this way I am also happy!

But we are still living here on this earth and there is a lot of pain and tears involved.

It’s good to know that God “will wipe every tear from their eyes…..”- one day.

Today I listened to a podcast where it was mentioned that every person has 4 questions:

– origin: where do I come from?
– meaning: what gives my life meaning?
– morality: how do I differentiate between good and evil
destiny: what happens to a human being when he/she dies?

Many religions have different answers, but there is one unique answer which I believe in: it’s the uniqueness of Christ’s forgiveness.

In John Chapter 3 its says how the love of Christ is expressed: it’s unconditional love, it’s relational and eternal.

This one person who’s birthday we celebrate in a few days is the redeemer of the world. He came to pay the prize so that you and I can live! How amazing!

There exists many stories of people who lived a life of pleasure, but when they faced the last hours in their life they suddenly realized: their life was so empty, it had no meaning at all.

I was very sad today and I cried a lot because of the loss and also because I couln’t be there on time. But what made me confident was: I know that she just didn’t “know” abstractly that Jesus Christ exists, but that she “knew” Christ in a personal way.

She was convinced that: “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”(Romans 8,38)

I know that not everybody who reads this post will agree on it. But it was on my heart to write it and because I believe that Jesus Christ is the true way to life and I wanted to share it with you. It’s a free choice what we believe in.

Would love to hear “your story” – your experiences, your hopes, your fears, your dreams, your questions, your belief…..

I wish you a blessed Christmas and hopefully I will see you next year: 2013!

God’s blessing…..

… in English: for my english speaking friends:

The Lord bless you, and keep you:
The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

… in German (Deutsch= my mother tongue):

Der Herr segne dich und behüte dich.
Der Herr lasse sein Angesicht leuchten über dir und sei dir gnädig.
Der Herr erhebe sein Angesicht auf dich und schenke dir Frieden.
…in French:

Que le Seigneur te bénisse et te garde.
Que le Seigneur fasse rayonner sur toi son regard et t’accorde sa grâce.
Que le Seigneur porte sur toi son regard et te donne la paix.

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