Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Bad Dolls and The Parade

A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

Luke 2:13-15

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

The Bad Dolls

Jack Frost
A Little Trouble in the Sticker Room
The Bad Dolls have stollen the silver star and run away with it. They were made with a bad batch of sawdust and are very naughty. Now the tin soldiers are on their way to capture the dolls and get the star back. Santa gives them a tour of the warehouse and Cinnamon Bear finds a bit of trouble in the sicker room. The soldiers radio back that the bad dolls are worse than usual and seem to be led by some green creature who has never been seen in the snow country before.

I am behind by one day so I will give you links to two episodes today. This one is for the Bad Dolls.

Toys gathered for the Christmas Parade

The Parade
This one is for the Parade Episode

They have gotten an alert from Queen Melissa that Winter Green has escaped and was headed their way. They get to go on a train ride to see the Christmas Parade. Its the last inspection of the toys before they are delivered for Christmas. Captain Tin top has called in that the silver star has been recovered.

Yesterday my family and I joined the holiday madness for a bit of shopping. Everyone knew had their list of people they needed to buy gifts for. So they headed off in different directions. It was funny in a gigantic mall, the kids and I kept winding up in the same stores. Hopefully we didn't by the same things for the people on our list. It is a short list this year just the people we will be spending Christmas with. 

I look at the painting of Cinnamon Bear all covered with Christmas labels and it reminds me of gift wrapping and all the paper and tape. I'm not even bothering with bows this year. I remember a year that we did really free gift wrapping as a church out-reach project. People were amazed that we did not want their donations. It took a lot of volunteers to be able to man the little booth in the mall for that outreach project. We did give each person a tag with the church address and service time. It was a lot of fun. It built community between people in the church because they got to know each other better during their gift wrapping shift. 

I have had a hard time getting into the swing of things this Christmas. I have not been particularly inspired to bake a bunch of cookies, or make special gifts. I think however one of my highlights this season was working with a couple of homeless ladies to prepare the prayer loft in the church. They were so delighted to get to go shopping for the supplies. They had fun doing all the little parts that make up the larger display. Normally I have worked pretty much by myself or with one other key person. This time my job was to come up with the concept and to work with a team to make it happen. Which meant my job was less hands on and more managing others. One of the ladies saw a little purple bible at the Christian book store. She gave her heart to the Lord recently and the Lord has opened up a clean and sober living situation in California. I was excited today to be able to get her that little purple bible and a little devotional book as a Christmas/Going Away gift. 

Prayer: In the crazy busyness of this time of year that I pray you find His peace because thats what the angels announced to the shepherds. "Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." I pray you would realize that his favor rests on you. 

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