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A New Year of Smiles

CTA - Christ to All /Dec. 25, 2018
A New Year of Smiles

By Tim Wesemann

Blessings on the upcoming New Year! I pray you had a wonderful journey to the manger celebrating the birth of the Christ Child. As our Lord leads us into 2019, we give thanks that Immanuel - God with us - is with us and will continue to be with us through every moment of this coming year.

As we all know, January serves as the month of resolutions, which often focus on better health and losing the weight we gained in December! If that’s your resolution, remember that laughing is like exercise. It’s jogging on the inside.

But no matter your resolution, all of the smiles and laughter serve as wonderful blessings as we approach each day as God’s children. Enjoy these smiles as you head into 2019 serving the Lord and his people!

Leftover Christmas Smiles

Grandma admired a beautiful nativity set at her daughter’s house. Her granddaughter stood beside her and Grandma asked if she knew what it was called. Without hesitation the granddaughter responded, “Yes, Grandma. It’s breakable.”

A young boy headed to the back door with a ball he received for Christmas. He told his dad he was going outside to play with God. “How do you play ball with God, son?” the father asked. “Oh, it’s not hard at all,” the boy replied. “I just throw the ball up, and God throws it back down to me.”

Weather Smiles, Whether You Want ’Em or Not

A couple purchased land next to a sheep ranch and built an ice-skating rink on the acreage. One cold January day, a shepherd moving his sheep from one parcel of land to another decided to take a shortcut across the rink. The sheep, however, were afraid of the ice and wouldn’t cross it. Desperate, the shepherd began tugging them to the other side. “Look at this,” the rink owner called to his wife as he looked out the window at the sight. “Our neighbor is trying to pull the wool over our ice!”

As I waited for a bus in the frosty weather, the woman next to me mentioned that she makes a lot of mistakes when texting in the cold. I nodded knowingly. “Yes, it’s the early signs of typothermia.”

Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn’t start a conversation.

Our small town hosted a winter yard-decorating contest, and our family decided to build a community of snowmen out front. We came home one blustery day and discovered a sign sticking in the snow in front of our snowmen that read “Best in Snow.”

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