Christmas Blessings to All Our Readers

The Christmas season is a lovely time to bless and remember our blog community, to let you know how much your thoughtful comments have brought insight and pleasure over the years. Thank you for being part of our community.

I pray that this last week of Advent is blessed as we all await in glorious anticipation to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray that the stillness of Christmas Eve brings you peace and a sense of wonder. And I pray you and yours will enjoy a most wonderful Christmas day celebration together and experience increased joy throughout Epiphany and beyond. May you thrive in 2021 as you follow the Lord’s plan for your life. Amen.

21 Responses to Christmas Blessings to All Our Readers

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    Tamela Hancock Murray December 22, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

    Thank you so much, Joanne. I am humbled and touched by your kind words.

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    Judith Robl December 24, 2020 at 5:51 am #

    Tamela, thank you for your beautiful prayer. Please know that the sentiments you expressed to your readers are completely mutual. Thank you and Bob and Steve and Thomas for being there for us, for encouraging us and edifying us.

    May you all be around for years to come, doing the great work you are doing.

    Wishing you all the blessings of the Christmas season: the joy of family, the anticipation of the anniversary of the birth of Christ, and the peace that passes all understanding.

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    Virginia Graham December 24, 2020 at 6:01 am #

    Thank you, Tamela, your blog has been a tremendous blessing to me. Wishing all a joyous Christmas and a blessed 2021!

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser December 24, 2020 at 6:27 am #

    Blessings to you and yours, Tamela, now and always.

    I just had my Advent blessing, in the midst of a truly awful night. I hope I may take the liberty to describe it.

    The cance-fight’s been getting really rough; hard to breathe, new painful swellings on my face and jaws and chest (one even casts its own shadow, for Pete’s sake), other stuff I won’t describe, blah, blah, blah.

    I don’t expect everyone who reads this to believe it, or not to think I’ve travelled far, far into conceit-land (at least!), but the extended sonnet below relates as best as I can say What Happened.

    I should add that this sort of thing isn’t normal for me. It just doesn’t happen.

    As the pain dragged by on turtle-feet,
    I had, perhaps, a vision;
    the Lord came in and took a seat
    and told me of my mission.
    “I’m really sorry ’bout the cancer,
    and know you’re asking Why;
    you may not understand the answer,
    but I’ve got to try.
    Your words are touching people, boy,
    folks you’ll never see,
    and it’s you whom I empoy
    to bring their hearts to me.
    I can never let you know
    what I put in what you write;
    ‘that’ll change your voice, so
    please just keep up the fight
    in this dark, no sun or moon,
    and I promise that it’s over soon.”

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      Tamela Hancock Murray December 24, 2020 at 7:44 am #

      Andrew, thank you for your words. I am grateful that you are part of our community, and that God is keeping you in His care through this tremendous trial.

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        Andrew Budek-Schmeisser December 24, 2020 at 5:21 pm #

        Tamela, thank YOU, for your presence, and the love and support you give to this community.

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      Cindy Fowell December 24, 2020 at 8:15 am #

      Your words are a blessing. So often you have touched my life this past year. Blessing and prayer for you on this day.

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      Judith Robl December 24, 2020 at 3:14 pm #

      Andrew, I do not weep easily, but you bring tears to my eyes. I know that the substance of your sonnet is absolutely true. I’ve felt it for a long time. Your words inspire and tease and prick people to think in terms beyond the “what do I want at this moment” mind-set. It may be only in eternity will you understand the magnitude of your service to his kingdom. But God is using you mightily. Your witness, your life, your suffering all has a purpose. You have a million stars in the crown waiting for you.
      Grace, peace and love,

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        Andrew Budek-Schmeisser December 24, 2020 at 6:23 pm #

        Judith, I don’t know what to say, except for a very humble ‘thank you.’, from the bottom o my heart

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    Cindy Fowell December 24, 2020 at 8:13 am #

    Merry Christmas, Tamela! And thank you for your faithful in teaching us each week. I have learned so much and am looking forward to 2021. Blessings!

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    Kristen Joy Wilks December 24, 2020 at 9:08 am #

    Merry Christmas to you, Tamela! I so appreciate the blog here and all the help that you guys give to writers.

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    Duane Keilstrup December 24, 2020 at 9:11 am #

    Thank you, Tamela, so much for your wonderful Christmas message! To receive it on a book agent’s newsletter is an encouraging blessing to me. May you be blessed and safe this Christmas and in the New Year!

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    Roberta Sarver December 24, 2020 at 12:30 pm #

    Tamela, your posts and those of Steve, Thomas and Bob have been extremely helpful to us all year long. May you receive back a blessing as you celebrate the Lord’s birth this year. Enjoy your week off; you deserve it.

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    Carol Nicolet Loewen December 24, 2020 at 12:36 pm #

    Thank you Tamela. Your blogs are meaningful and encouraging. How we need the hope our Savior and Lord brought to us when He came to this earth to be born, a wee baby, to take on flesh and redeem us through His death and resurrection. God bless you, your family, and the Laube family this Christmas!

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    Lois Keffer December 24, 2020 at 1:40 pm #

    Tamela and Andrew, thank you for all you give us each year. Your gifts touch our lives.

    Andrew, in 2009 I had a long, slow brain hemorrhage that no one could diagnose. Horrendous pain swamped every breath, every tiny movement of my spine. A heartless ER doc sent me to the Psych Ward. In that wretched time God used me in ways I could never have envisioned. I live an altered life now, but the reverberation of God’s work through those hellish days continues to flow through my life and the lives of others. Write on, Andrew. God uses the witness of the wounded.

    Grace and peace. God with us, the hope of glory!

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      Andrew Budek-Schmeisser December 24, 2020 at 5:20 pm #

      Lois, I can’t begin to imagine how hard the illness, and the doctor’s reaction, could have been.

      You’re in our prayers.

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    Jean Saxby December 24, 2020 at 7:06 pm #

    Christmas greetings from Sydney, Australia.
    Thanks for your regular and informative posts, Tamela.


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    Tamela Hancock Murray January 5, 2021 at 10:28 am #

    Thank you all for your beautiful words. You mean so much!

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