Monday's Musings

Monday’s Musing: The Great Christmas Giveaway

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Matthew 2:9.11

Myrrh: An Anointing Oil

Back in the days of Jesus, myrrh was an oil used as incense, perfume, and medicine to ease suffering. It was also used to embalm the deceased. Such a gift was typical for kings, not infants. But the wise men knew that the small baby wrapped in swaddle clothing would grow to be the King of all Kings.

What “gifts” can you give to those they may be suffering? Not just at Christmas but all year long. Do you visit with an elderly friend? Donate blood on a regular basis? Volunteer at a soup kitchen? Run a committee at church? Thinking of other people, and not just your own personal gain or success, is essential to capturing the light of Jesus. If you already so something, document your journey and the impact it has had on others. If you don’t, find a way to focus on helping others.

Submit a video, photo, drawing, or poem of your “story” to enter this contest.

Details for how to submit your entry will be posted on Facebook closer to the entry date. Early submissions will not be considered.

DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by November 15, 2013 by midnight EST. The judges will select up to ten submissions and post them online for voting viewers to select their favorite. Voting will begin on November 19th and end on November 23rd at 6pm EST.

Five winners will receive copies of Beth Shriver’s latest book, Rumschpringe, and Sarah Price’s First Impressions.

Winners will automatically be eligible to participate in the contest for the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Frankincense: A Valued Incense

Frankincense is a resin that was burned in temples as a pleasant offering to God. It was also used to anoint the high priest, a symbol of their holiness and righteousness.

How do you help other people? Not just once a year but on a regular basis. Food pantries run bountiful during the holidays, but lack supplies during other months. Children need sheets, towels, shoes, and coats, not toys. Even if we are fighting to pay our own bills or wiring multiple jobs to put food on the table, somewhere there is someone else who lacks the basic necessities. Find some organization and ask for ways that you can help them, even if it’s cleaning out your own food pantry to donate canned goods or paper towels. Recruit neighbors, friends, or colleagues to do the same.

Submit a video, photo, drawing, or poem of your effort to enter this contest.

Details for how to submit your entry will be posted on Facebook closer to the entry date. Early submissions will not be considered.

DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by December 6, 2013 by midnight EST. The judges will select up to five submissions and post online for voting viewers to select their favorite.  Voting will begin on December 10th and end on December 14th at 6pm EST.

Five winners will receive a copy of the MEV Bible, the most modern translation ever produced in the King James tradition, providing fresh clarity for Bible readers everywhere with an updated language that doesn’t compromise the truth of the original texts.

Winners will automatically be eligible to participate in the contest for the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Gold: A Precious Metal

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, a precious gift to the world for salvation from eternal sin. Christmas celebrates that gift. In today’s world, many people have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.

Put Christ back in Christmas by recreating the nativity scene with friends and family, whether through acting, dancing, singing, drawing, or storytelling. Make the story modern or stay true to the Biblical version. The idea is to get people together to focus on the true meaning behind the holy day.

Submissions can be video, art, photo, essay, or poem format.

Details for how to submit your entry will be posted on Facebook closer to the entry date. Early submissions will not be considered.

NOTE: The ten winners from the previous two contests are invited to submit a re-creation of the Nativity scene and will automatically have their submission posted for voting in the final round.

DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by December 13, 2013 by midnight EST. The judges will select up to five new submissions and post them online for voting viewers to select their favorite. Voting will begin on December 17th and end on December 21st at 6pm EST.

One winner will receive a brand new Amazon Kindle Fire.

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9 thoughts on “Monday’s Musing: The Great Christmas Giveaway

  1. I love everything about the Amish. What an amazing people. Reading a book takes me to that world the book characters are in and makes me an audience instead of a reader. I feel like I have made a journey and seeing the sights, eating their food,praying and attending service with them, falling in love with them even for just a short time I’am in another world living a fantasy forgetting my own world until I have read the last page of the book and snapped back to my reality. Wow that was some journey.

  2. I feel bad that I can not participate in any of these. I’m bed ridden and have to use a wheel chair. I have to rely on my husband to help me with things.

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