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Summary: We've lost our sense of Wonder about God, & our relationship to others.

Recapturing the Wonder of Christmas: Isaiah 9:6

Isaiah 9:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called WONDERFUL, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

LOST SENSE OF WONDER & AWE

• Even At Christmas. If We Aren't Careful We Become

• TOO STRESSED, TOO MUCH OF A SCROOGE,

• MORE CONCERNED ABOUT COUNTING DOLLARS & COUNTING CALORIES & MISS THE MAGIC.

• If we aren't careful we will reduce Christmas to LITTLE MORE THAN AN ELABORATE FABLE. & WE WILL WRITE JESUS OUT OF THE STORY.

• We will SECULARIZE The Holy Day To The Point That People Couldn’t Get the Message of CHRISTMAS

• Too Many People Are Already Saying:

• "IT JUST DOESN'T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS."

• WHY DOES IT NOT SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS?

• Is It because of the RAT RACE& theAdult Responsibilities?

• Is It Because the Newness & Freshness Has Worn Off?

• Because There’s NO MORE MYSTERY, NO MAGIC?

• Because the Light Has Dimmed &the Music Has Faded?

• I INVITE YOU to SEE CHRISTMAS THROUGH the EYES OF A CHILD Look At Christmas AGAIN, As Though You’re Seeing It For The First Time. See The Lights & The Decorations Anew.

• Hear The Music, The Sounds, & The Carols Afresh.

• Tell The Story Of Jesus' Magnificent Birth …. Like It Is The First Time You Have Told It.

• LET THIS CHRISTMAS REAWAKEN YOUR WONDER.

I HOPE YOU NEVER LOSE YOUR SENSE OF WONDER: LEANN WOMACK

“I HOPE YOU NEVER LOSE YOUR SENSE OF WONDER,

You Get Your Fill To Eat But Always Keep That Hunger,

May You Never Take One Single Breath For Granted,

God Forbid Love Ever Leave You Empty Handed,

I Hope You Still Feel Small When You Stand Beside The Ocean,

Whenever One Door Closes, I Hope One More Opens,

Promise Me That You’ll Give FAITH A Fighting Chance,

& When You Get The Choice To Sit It Out Or Dance.

I Hope You Dance I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Never Fear Those Mountains In The Distance,

Never Settle For The Path Of Least Resistance.

Livin’ Might Mean Takin’ Chances, But They’re Worth Takin’,

Lovin’ Might Be A Mistake But It’s Worth Makin’,

Don’t Let Some Hell Bent Heart Leave You Bitter,

When You Come Close To Sellin’ Out Reconsider,

Give The Heavens Above More Than Just A Passing Glance,

& When You Get The Choice To Sit It Out Or Dance.

I Hope You Dance I Hope You Dance”

WONDER OF IT ALL GEORGE BEVERLY SHEA

There's The Wonder Of Sunset At Evening,

The Wonder As Sunrise I See;

BUT THE WONDER OF WONDERS THAT THRILLS MY SOUL

IS THE WONDER THAT GOD LOVES ME.

O, The Wonder Of It All! The Wonder Of It All!

Just To Think That God Loves Me.

O, The Wonder Of It All! The Wonder Of It All!

Just To Think That God Loves Me.

There's The Wonder Of Springtime & Harvest,

The Sky, The Stars, The Sun;

But The Wonder Of Wonders That Thrills My Soul

Is A Wonder That's Only Begun.

I WONDER AS I WANDER

I Wonder As I Wander Out Under The Sky,

How Jesus The Savior Did Come For To Die.

For Poor On'ry People Like You & Like I...

I Wonder As I Wander Out Under The Sky.

When Mary Birthed Jesus 'Twas In A Cow's Stall,

With Wise Men & Farmers & Shepherds & All.

But High From God's Heaven A Star's Light Did Fall,

And The Promise Of Ages It Then Did Recall.

If Jesus Had Wanted For Any Wee Thing,

A Star In The Sky, Or A Bird On The Wing,

Or All Of God's Angels In Heav'n For To Sing,

He Surely Could Have It, ' Cause He Was The King.

• Movie: Wonder Awesome story of Young Boy

Not AWE BUT CYNICISM & SARCASM

AWESOME so overused it’s lost it’s meaning

G. K. CHESTERTON wrote,

"THE WORLD WILL NEVER STARVE

FOR WANT OF WONDERS,

BUT ONLY FOR WANT OF WONDER.”

• THE WONDER OF THE FIRST CHRISTMAS

The first Christmas was FILLED WITH WONDER - FULL OF SURPRISES & UNEXPECTED TWISTS & TURNS

• The Unexpected & Extraordinary Were The Norm.

• ASTONISHING WONDROUS EVENTS: JOSEPH Chose To Stay With His Fiancé Pregnant with Child NOT His!

• Mary, The Fiancé, Was PREGNANT; BUT A VIRGIN.

• Mary Gave Birth To A Child.

• NOTHING IS MORE WONDER-FILLED THAN BIRTH.

• Even GROWN MEN SOMETIMES CRY!

• Wonder of Baby: SO INNOCENT & DEPENDENT

• Babies CAN Make MATURE ADULTS SAY & DO THE SILLIEST THINGS .

• ANGELS VISITED MERE MORTAL SHEPHERDS. TO MAKE DIVINE ANNOUNCEMENT.

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