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From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine],
Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know
God together.


The last month of the year is the most exciting month of all, don’t you think?
All sorts of things happen in December. The year ends, and then a new one begins after the last night of December.  People all over the world have carols, cards, magazines, banners, plays and manger scenes - all to do with Jesus Christ being born as a baby in Beth-le-hem. And most people have holidays, even if they only rest at home. Then the new year can bring all sorts of changes in school, work and even sport. New classes to think about next year, new teams to belong to, or some older kids might have to prepare to go to university or work! Yes, December is an important last month. This December will be so much more exciting, because this year the year will end, the century will end and the old thousand year will end! Lots of strange things might happen to computers, or perhaps they won’t - do one knows what will happen with the Y2K, The Millennium Bug. You might have heard of this?

There is One Person Who knows about the end of December and the beginning of January - that One is GOD!  Because we belong to Him, we do not have to worry about the future, ever!  God has said:
“ Take therefore no thought for the morrow: [ don’t worry about tomorrow] for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof [ we have enough to deal with today, and God will care about both today and tomorrow]. “ ( Matthew 6:34).

Jesus Christ wasn’t really born in December, it would have been too cold for shepherds to have their flocks of sheep out in winter. The Bible doesn’t tell us what month Jesus was born in. People have made December 25 a day to have a special time since about the fourth century. It has become pretty muddled up though, with Santa and really silly things that are not pleasing to God. But any time is a wonderful time to remember that Jesus was born on our earth. We can  especially remember this when ever we want to.
How about we think a lot about Jesus being born for the whole of December? We will have some time off, as holidays will come later in the month. We could start tomorrow with some questions for you to think about, and some answers from the Bible.

A long, long time ago the Lord God promised that He would sent someone wonderful into the world. He first gave that promise to Adam and Eve when they were driven from the Garden of Eden by an angel with a flaming sword.
God said that there would be born Someone who would win over Satan,
He would “bruise” the head of the serpent, the devil:
“ ...it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. “ (Genesis 3:15).
That wonderful One was Jesus Christ!

Here is another glorious promise about Jesus coming to earth. It was written hundreds and hundreds of years before the baby was born at Bethlehem, who was Christ the Lord. It was a promise which is called a “prophecy”:
“ For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  (Isaiah 9:6).

See you tomorrow, when we will get ready for our special time of thinking about the coming of Jesus Christ as a baby. “Oh holy morn, when Jesus Christ was born.”

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