Our first handmade Baker Family Christmas cards were made in 1990.
Jordan was three years old, and I was awaiting the arrival of Hannah. I tried to think of
interesting things to do to celebrate Christmas with our little family.
We made Christmas cards together at the kitchen table. Jordan
sponge painted each card, and helped to glue on stars. The card was simple and the
message was simple. I believe we made about 30 to 40 cards.
I had no idea at the time that this would become a major family
tradition for years to come.
"What pity He felt for the
crowds because their
problems were so great, and
they didn't know what to do, or
where to go for help..."
I think the inside of this card said, "For God so loved the world He GAVE..."
"From that time, many of His disciples walked no more
with Him. Then Jesus said unto the Twelve, 'Will ye also
go away?' Then Simon Peter answer Him...
"'Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of
eternal life, and we believe and are sure that Thou art
the Christ, the son of the living God.
"Believe and be sure..."
"She had a sister called Mary,
who sat at the Lord's feet
listening to what He said.
"But Martha was distracted by
all the preparations that had to be made.
"'Martha, Martha,' the Lord
answered, 'you are worried and
upset about many things, but
only one thing is needed. Mary
has chosen what is better, and
it will not be taken away from her.'"
"Choose what is better."
"Someone missed Christmas long, long ago.
I don't think he meant to -- he didn't even know.
Preoccupied, busy with dozens of things,
Unaware he could welcome the birth of a king!
Angels were singing just outside the city
But he missed it all, unaware -- what a pity!
He did not intentionally turn him away;
His inn was simply too crowded that day."
"'Away in a Manger', 'What Child is This?'
We're told it's the meaning of what Christmas is.
The "Holy infant, so tender and mild'
And granted, our Lord did come as a child...
Came as a child to be a man,
And fulfill all our need through His ultimate plan.
So I'll tell you what Christmas time means to me...
It just wouldn't be Christmas without the Tree."
"Tis the season to be busy,
It's enough to make you dizzy!
Presents, planning, parties, plays,
Enough to fill 300 days!
Craft-creating, costume making,
Cards to send and cookies baking;
Keep the balls all in the air
So everybody knows you care...
This isn't what the angels meant
By 'peace on earth, good will to men'...
So let the balls fall where they will,
For I must listen, and be still...
"Be still and know that I am God."
"Was there a snowman ever built
Who didn't , one day, have to melt?
Or those who packed and tossed the
Who didn't, one day, have to grow up?
Those we meet and love and know,
Where we live and stay and go
Are here today, and gone tomorrow,
Joy and laughter, pain and sorrow.
All the world is shifting sand...
We search for rocks on which to stand
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday,
today, and forever!"
Christmas is a time of hope, most
children seem to know;
“I hope I get,” “I hope for that,” “I hope
that it will snow!
While some get everything they want and
hop and beg for more,
Others merely crave relief from hunger,
pain or war…
We see these children’s faces as hope
flickers in their eyes,
So often unfulfilled, the ember smolders,
Yet Christmas is a time of hope -- hope
greater than a “wish”
For unto us was born that day, the
reason hope exists!
So tell the children there’s much more
beyond what eyes can see;
Fan their flames, lift their heads, and
help each one to see
One Christmas night a babe was born to
quench each heart’s desire
So they, and you, and I could have a
hope, a peace, a fire…
The God who made the stars above
Bent down and kissed us with His love.
The One who set the world in motion,
Carved the mountains, filled the ocean,
When all was hopeless for mankind
Decided not to change His mind,
But held us gently in His hand,
And whispered, “Wait… I have a plan!”
And so, one silent night a cry
Pierced the darkness so that I
And whosoever near and far
Might midst the darkness shine like stars
So face the calendar undaunted
Turn the page, for He who wanted
To relieve all of our sorrows,
Is not perplexed by our tomorrows
To He who knows our thoughts and minds
And loved us before there was time,
To He who conquers all our fears
A day is like a thousand years!
To God who made the stars above,
Bent down and kissed us with His love
Long ago that Christmas Day,
Two thousand years are like a day.
"So don't be anxious about tomorrow. God
will take of your tomorrow too. Live one day at
a time." Matthew 6:34
(...different millenium, same God...)
A gingerbread house, crisp, fragrant and brown
Could a sweeter dwelling ever be found?
Encrusted with sugar, yet vacant it stands,
Soon to be subject to small, hungry hands…
While dingy and musty, o'erflowing with smells
In the humblest of structures a treasure indwells
Within these frail walls born what none can destroy –
The fulfillment of ages; let the whole world rejoice!
For these earthly homes – though lowly or grand –
Each wall time will crumble to reveal what’s within.
Through this babe in a stable, God with us may reside,
So choose you this day, what ‘neath your roof abides.
We studied the stars without tire;
Our hearts burned as with fire,
For You, O Lord, are our hearts’ desire
And it’s You we long to worship
We no longer live in exile here
For the glorious star has appeared.
We’ll travel far without fear
For we so long to worship.
The pathway is long and strewn with pain
Our bodies and souls always strain
But still we journey through the rain
Something still whispers… “worship”
Our hearts o’erflow with joy exceeding
For we’ve arrived where our hearts were
Because without fail, the Lord was repeating,
“Come…Come and worship.”
When I was growing up, Christmas was
I “helped” Mom make the cookies and
looked under the glowing tree.
The hours were filled with excitement,
and nights up late
For the ultimately greatest day, I could
Now that I’m almost grown the
stockings continue to hang.
But now I know what the shepherds felt
when the angels sang.
Their hearts were overflowing and their
When He was foretold of, everyone
could hardly wait!
And Jesus did come with love flowing
through His veins
But it took three nails piercing Him to
cleanse our sinful stains.
There’s much to do till he returns; on
this I’ll concentrate
But though I work, I still look up, for I
can hardly wait!
So… What are you waiting for?
On a sleepy night in Bethlehem
A babe was born for all
His mother snuggled him closely
As they dreamt within a stall
Lamb of God shepherd of men
He brought life to those who came
And even the children He hindered not
And loved them just the same
A Lamb came down to shepherd the
He found us lost and scattered.
He drew us close, safe to His heart.
And showed us what really mattered…
“God is light; in him there is no
darkness at all…
“If we claim to have fellowship with
him yet walk in the darkness, we lie
and do not live by the truth.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is
in the light, we have fellowship with
one another…” 1 John 1:5b-7a
“…For this reason I was born, and
for this I came into the world… to
testify to the truth. Everyone on
the side of truth listens to me.”
A cry of new life broke the still of the night,
And soon a new morning would bring its first light;
For with this new baby whose cries pierced the dawn
Came new chances, new promise, new hope and new song.
New life, new beginnings, like new fallen snow…
Softly covering all past with redemption’s pure glow.
All heaven rejoiced and bid all men choose…
Join in their new song and go out, tell the “news”
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not
perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams
While walking down a road one day,
I met a stranger on the way.
He was in need and in distress,
In want of food and care and rest.
Without stopping to decide
I quickly helped him come inside
And after he was well and fed
I let him sleep in my own bed
The next day as I walked around
I heard a quiet, whimpering sound
Another person was in need,
Should my heart stop at one good deed?
I helped this one and calmed her fears;
I listened, and I dried her tears.
They say, "You cannot save them all!"
But I knew that this was my call.
I may not fix all that's gone wrong.
I won't pretend that I am strong.
But my duty is to those I see
On the path God gave to me.
"Dear children, let us not love in word or tongue,
but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:18
Tightrope walk, no stable ground
Lighthearted songs, no voice, no sound
Promises are falling down
Smiling face met with a frown
Hope today, gone tomorrow
Happiness has turned to sorrow
What once thought sure has disappeared
Regarded, praised, now hated, feared
Searching for a constancy
Reliable and trustworthy
Hands thrown up, ripe for forfeit
Waning.... wait! Don't forget that
The One who has remained steadfast
Has proved Himself throughout the past
When life becomes unbearable
Our Lord remains dependable
"Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light,
trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God."
"Oh little town of Bethlehem, asleep and unaware
Your skies will ignite in the dead of night, as the angels sing praises fair.
Your shepherds are busy with sheep, gentle, monotonous, slow
Living each day in a haphazard way, but little did they know...
Young Mary and sweet Joseph, getting ready for their union
They couldn't conceive, be hard pressed to believe, that in due time she'd carry God's son
The innkeeper renting out rooms, watching faces that come and go
His rooms occupied, a sad couple denied, and little did they know...
Each year we come and celebrate, with love and food to spare
But some are weighed down with trouble around, they feel that it's too much to bear.
Take heart! See that one day before, those whose worlds would change had no clue
Lost and insecure, searching for the cure, little did we know YOU!
"I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be
strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:13-14
"An angel appeared
a message was given
A young maiden heard
and assignment from heaven
That the cost would be steep
she needn't be told
Did her heart grow faint?
Did her blood run cold?
Though fear's icy grip
likely seized her inside
"May it be to me as You have said,"
And courage were sought
and courage bestowed
So God's perfect perfect plan for us all
In this world today
so much has gone wrong
May I, like Mary
rise and carry on,
Have ears to hear
what He asks of me,
Although His whole plan
I may not yet see
Rebuke my fears
and say instead,
"May it be to me Father,
just as You have said."
"When I called, you answered me, you
made me bold and stouthearted."
"Joseph heard the
and paused to
contemplate his choice.
One not of his own flesh
Could he accept now as
Who would dare believe
Or give occasion to
In the streets they'd
Loved ones shake their
heads and sigh."
"'Man of sorrows,' 'Son of God'
Resigning all to walk this sod.
Gentle, humble, kind and good,
Rejected, scorned, misunderstood.
For fatherless and lost we roamed;
He came that we might have a home,
And spilt the life from His own veins
In order to give us His name."
"While angels sang and shepherds
Joseph did adopt a Child
That whosoever will might come
And be adopted by the Son
Who beckons near and far until
Each seat at the table's filled.
For Christ revealed that 'Family' is....
"Not made by our own blood,
"God decided in advance to adopt us
into his own family by bringing us to
Himself in Christ Jesus."
Ephesians 1:5 NLT