Today is December 25, 2016. Christmas Day! Six more days in 2016, and I think most people will be glad to get this one over with.

Quote of the Day

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.” – Jesus Christ

Word of the Day

Jollification – jolly merrymaking; jolly festivity. Also featured in this Queen song:

Today is Pumpkin Pie Day. That’s weird. It seems like that should be on Thanksgiving. I guess pumpkin pies are popular on Christmas, too. Popular Pumpkin Pies. We’re not having pumpkin pie. We’re having pecan pie.

We had a wonderful time with C’s family last night. The food was good, the fellowship was very nice, and we exchanged our gifts with them. C and I got a nice new set of fleece bed sheets. They are SOOO comfortable!!

I supposed I should tell you about our oven disaster, though. It will definitely be one of those “remember when” moments. C put a turkey in the oven at around 10:45 yesterday morning, wrapped in one of those plastic turkey bags. Then she left to go up to the hospital to visit her step-dad. A short while later, I smelled steak-like smells emanating from the kitchen area. I thought nothing of it, probably some steak juice dripped in the bottom of the oven, you know.

By the time I finished my morning devotional/blog, it didn’t smell like smoke any more, it smelled like melting/burning plastic. When I got to the kitchen, I discovered it was filled with smoke! I opened the oven to find a charred, mostly black roasting bag, which was stuck to the turkey. Right about that time, the smoke alarms started going off, which, of course, began to freak out S. I opened windows, along with the back door, and put a fan next to one of the windows. The alarms stopped shortly after.

I called C, and we surmised that the roasting bag may have just been old. I think we have had them for several years. The turkey was free, provided by my work, so at least we didn’t lose any money on that. C said she would get another ham on the way home. I began to go ahead and prep the sopapilla cheesecake. I turned the oven back on to preheat to 350 degrees. While prepping the cheesecake, I then noticed that the heat never went off! It went through the six minute cycle of pre-heating, but the element stayed on. It never went off! I have no idea how hot it was in that oven, but I put the cheesecake in there and turned it off to see what would happen. Within six minutes (the thing is supposed to cook for 30), the dough in the sopapilla cheesecake was brown and almost burned!

So, our oven is definitely broken! It has become “Super Oven,” able to char anything in a few minutes. Well, that presented us with a huge dilemma, because we still had to cook green bean casserole, dressing, and rolls. We decided to contact R, our daughter who lives in Denton, and see if we could take those things up there and cook them in her oven. We prepped those items and I just took the pans up there and cooked them in their apartment. While I was gone, C made the mashed potatoes (the stove top was working, but it had issues, as well) and heated up the gravy.

We decided to just heat the ham in the microwave, since it was already cooked. At one point, C thought our microwave had messed up, too, which made us think we had electrical issues, but we now believe it is okay and just the oven went on the fritz.

We had a delicious dinner, in spite of all of that, and a great time. C is prepping more green beans and dressing, and we will cook them in my mother’s oven when we get to Mineral Wells in a little while.

62 days until the first Spring Training game.
99 days until Opening Day!


While I will still read my usual daily devotional materials, today, in lieu of my usual devotional, I am simply going to quote the Scriptures relating to the birth of Christ.

Isa 9:1-7  But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. 
You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. 
For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

Mat 1:18-25  Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Luk 2:1-21  In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. 
And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Father, I wish all who read this, along with all of my friends and family, a blessed and joyous Christmas Day. We know, or least most of us know, that Jesus probably was not born on December 25, but that truly doesn’t matter. Today, we celebrate the beginning of the redemption of the human race, the coming of the Christ-child, born to save us from our sins! We praise and thank you for this day, the life that Jesus lived, his death on the cross, his resurrection, and his ascension. Bring us joy and peace today!

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Merry Christmas to all!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace, peace, and joy, friends!


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