One of the sweetest things about the days that surround Christmas and New Year's is receiving cards from dear friends....from years past.....and from all over the world.
These cards encourage us to continue witnessing by mouth AND by written word.
A group of Ladies @ Bethel Baptist Church here in Norman (where I pastored for 11 yrs.) are SO good to remember us with beautiful greeting cards.
This group of Ladies do this for so many shut-ins....I often wonder if they realize how much JOY they give via those cards.
The words are so encouraging....and it thrills me when they address the card to 'Pastor Travis and La Moyne'. I enjoyed pastoring SO much....and I miss being called 'Pastor'.
One card was extra special...here are the words:
"With Joy, we receive Him
With Hope, we share Him
With Love, we celebrate Him"
It ended with this that should be a desire for each person...
"May the gift of Jesus bless your life all year long!"
No one likes to be forgotten....not even our Lord and Savior!
I'm afraid that He is forgotten many times as we fail to give Him the honor and praise that He is due!
We personally are SO blessed as our children call often (some daily) to check on us.
Our hearts ache for those whose children get too busy to remember their parents with love and thanksgiving.
In my opinion, children who forget their parents may be 2nd on the list of forgetting to express love and thanks!
We rec'd a pleasant surprise call last evening from Orville Fesler who was one of the students @ OU when Travis was BSU Dir. there. We had not heard from him in MANY yrs. so it was so nice for him to remember us!! He's a retired school teacher and lives on his deceased parents' farm in Elgin, Okla.
Our parents have been in Heaven for many years now, but we still remember them, their love and their wonderful examples of living Christ-like lives!
It would be a disgrace for us to forget them!!
How much worse if we forget Jesus and all that He did (and will do) for us!
He died a cruel death for our redemption and to give us Eternal Life.
We are always ready to brag on our children and gr'children....we need to be as eager to brag on Jesus!!!!!
Last Christmas, we called an electrician to repair the lights on our outdoor Nativity scene.
As he worked, I wondered if he knew the Christ of that Nativity display.
Before he left I asked him and he replied 'No'.....so I shared the Plan of Salvation with him and we had prayer.
After he accepted Christ as his Savior, he said, "This was my destiny today!"
It was an exciting time for him..and for us!
We have tried to share Christ with our family and others along life's pathway.
We especially have tried to share Christ with our 6 precious gr'children.
Hopefully they will remember us for more than gifts of toys....as the results will last MUCH longer than toys!!
After our 1st gr'child (Jeremiah Savage Wiginton) was born in 1987, we created a 'Grandchildrens' Table' in our living room.
With the birth of each gr'child, we added their pictures. Also on the table is a night light in the shape of a little boy and girl kneeling in prayer. We fixed a sign beneath it: "Keep this light burning day and night so when we see it, we'll remember to pray for each gr'child....that they may Love the Lord...and will know wrong from right!"
Jeremiah turned 23 in Dec. so we've had to replace several light bulbs during the years since his birth. Our youngest gr'child Meg, will be 8 yrs. old tomorrow.
One of my favorite songs that La Moyne has sung many times is:
'Have You Any Room for Jesus?'
Words: Anonymous, adapted by Daniel Whittle. Music: C.C. Williams.
"Have you any room for Jesus,
He who bore your load of sin?
As He knocks and asks admission,
Sinners, will you let Him in?
Room for Jesus, King of Glory!
Hasten now His Word obey.
Swing the heartís door widely open,
Bid Him enter while you may.
Room for pleasure, room for business...
But for Christ the Crucified,
Not a place that He can enter...
In the heart for which He died?
Have you any room for Jesus?
As in grace He calls again?
O today is time accepted....
Tomorrow you may call in vain.
Room and time now give to Jesus,
Soon will pass Godís day of grace.
Soon thy heart left cold and silent,
And thy Saviorís pleading cease."
One of our favorite verses we receive on greeting cards is Philippians 1:3:
"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you."
When we have The Lord's Supper in our churches, we are to remember these words found in I Corinthians 11:23-26:
"For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, 'Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.' In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.' For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes" (I Corinthians 11:23- 26).