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Christmas at Grandma's


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Christmas was always special for me as a boy living in Cajun country.  All the family came to my grandmother's house.  Now, my grandfather was still alive but the house was always called by her name.  Anyway, we would all get dressed in our new outfits, especially when it was a Roy Rogers cowboy outfit with twin silver (plastic) pistols.  That was special!  We would all get there about an hour before noon,  Mom and my aunts would be busy putting the meal together, Dad and my uncles would be watching football and the older children would be playing football outside. There were times we would be playing in shorts and T-shirts, and other times jeans and sweaters, but regardless the weather we would be playing.  That is until we heard the call for dinner, then all stopped and the race was on to see who could get there first.  After the feast, we would all gather around the Christmas tree and our grandparents, stuffed and happy.  For you see, no one left the table hungry or thirsty, we were all filled.  But, this was what we waited for.. the gifts! Our grandfather would read out a name and the present would be sent to that cousin or aunt or uncle while the rest waited for their name to be called.  Never was anyone left out. All who came received.  And that's what heaven will be like.


One day, while some are setting the table, others watching a ball game, and children playing their games, we will hear the Father call us to the banquet table ( Rev. 19:6-9) and all who come will be filled from the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, none who are called will be turned away.  Then we will hear our name called, not from a Christmas list, but from the Lamb's Book of Life, and all who are called will receive crowns and rewards that have been stored for them for this very special day.  There was no crying or sorrow at Christmas, and neither will there be in the heaven prepared for us.  We will sit around the throne of God and our Father will have gifts for all who come.  This family gathering will have no strangers, for all will be part of the family of God.  Oh, Christmas makes of me think of that glorious day when "my Jesus I see, when I look upon His face, the One who saved me by His grace. When He takes me by the hand and leads me to that Promised Land, what a day, glorious day that will be." 


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