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The Joys of ChristmasThe Joys of Christmas

The Joys of Christmas

2018

The Joys of Christmas is a bright, full-size magazine that brings you page after page of the things you love best about Guideposts, including heartwarming, inspirational stories and "Mysterious Ways," plus special features that you'll come to cherish as part of your Christmas tradition.

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United States
Langue:
English
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Guideposts
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the friendly beasts

Jesus, our brother, strong and good,Was humbly born in a stable rude,And the friendly beasts around him stood,Jesus, our brother, strong and good.“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown,“I carried his mother uphill and down,I carried his mother to Bethlehem town;I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown.“I,” said the cow, all white and red,“I gave him my manger for his bed,I gave him hay to pillow his head;I,” said the cow, all white and red.“I,” said the sheep with curly horn,“I gave him my wool for his blanket warm,He wore my coat on Christmas morn;I,” said the sheep with curly horn.“I,” said the dove, from the rafters high,“I cooed him to sleep that he should not cry,We cooed him to sleep, my mate and I;I,” said the dove, from the…

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letter from the editor

(AMY ETRA)IT WAS A HOT, BUGGY AUGUST MORNING. My golden, Gracie, and I had just finished hiking a short section of the Appalachian Trail in Western Massachusetts that rose about 650 feet in less than a mile. We were sprawled under a shade tree where the trail leveled out, sharing a bottle of water, when two other panting, sweat-drenched northbound hikers arrived, a young man and woman. They were lean and fit and fully outfitted. I took them to be thru-hikers, and I was right. “My name’s Platypus,” the woman said without explaining her chosen trail moniker, “and this is Smokey.” The man nodded while wringing sweat from his headband.They’d started out in April at Springer Mountain, Georgia, with the goal of reaching Mount Katahdin in Maine before winter set…

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2018 advent calendar

December 2FIRST SUNDAYLight the first candle“A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you.”—EZEKIEL 36:263 The word Advent comes from Latin. It means “to arrive.”4 Bring some tinsel to your workplace and put it someplace silly. Watch the smiles.5 How would you recognize an angel if you saw one today?6 With red and green icing, number the days until Christmas—on sugar cookies.7 Say a special prayer tonight for someone who lives alone.8 Feeling crafty? Potato-print paper bags with holiday motifs. Instant Christmas wrap!December 9SECOND SUNDAYLight the second candle“Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”—PSALMS 119:10510 Pick a name from off your Christmas card list and call that person to catch up in real time.11 “Christ our…

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what prayer can do

the reassignmentCOOKING SHOW. RERUN. INFOMERCIAL. I flipped TV channels mindlessly, the same way I’d been doing everything since God took my husband away. Carl and I had been married 45 years. We fell in love at 18 and wed at 20. I knew I had a lot to be thankful for in my life, but I couldn’t feel anything but my loss. I pressed the arrow key on the remote. Why didn’t you heal him, God? I’d asked that same hopeless question a million times.The movie I landed on was one I knew well, We Were Soldiers. The story takes place in Vietnam during the war. In my mind, I saw Carl back when he was a young soldier who’d just completed his training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. “We…

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the christmas story

Quilt by Kimberly Haylock, based on a panel in the book A Stained Glass Christmas. “I enlarged the faces of Mary and Gabriel and printed them on fabric sheets. The panel was made by Fra Paolo di Mariotto da Gambassi in about 1509.”GOD SENT THE angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, to a virgin who was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David’s house. The virgin’s name was Mary. When the angel came to her, he said, “Rejoice, favored one! The Lord is with you!” She was confused by these words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. God is honoring you. Look! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name…

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daily guideposts

I needed clothes and you clothed me.—MATTHEW 25:36I’D FOUND NOTHING at the department store’s Giant Pre-Christmas Sale. Crowds of shoppers. Harried salespeople. Why did I bother coming? I thought as I headed for the exit. Then I stopped. The young woman was standing in the children’s department, exactly where she’d been when I’d passed through an hour earlier. She was still flicking through the clothes on a rack marked “Final Clearance: Thirty Percent Off Already-Discounted Merchandise.” She pulled out a small pink snowsuit, looked at the price, put it back, then took out a little girl’s coat with a furry white collar.Afraid she’d see me watching her, I sat down and pretended to study the offerings in the store flyer. The young woman wandered to a display of children’s shoes,…

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