SINGLE-MINDEDNESS………….We will be talking about our need as Christians to keep our minds focused on Jesus and His priorities.  This is a hard challenge during these busy times preparing for Christmas.

Max Lucado tells the story of a little girl who earns enough money to buy a pretty (but fake) pearl necklace.  One night her daddy comes to tell her good night and asks her, “Do you love me?”

The daughter replies, “Oh, yes, you know I love you!”

“Then give me your pearls,” he says.

“Oh, not my pearls, Daddy!  You know I love my pearls.”

Kissing her good night, he says, “I understand.”

Several nights pass, then one evening the dad sees tears filling up his little girl’s eyes.  He asks, “What’s wrong?”

Holding out her hand, she opens it and offers her strand of pearls to her dad, explaining, “I love my pearls, Daddy, but I love yo more.”

The dad accepts the pearls and then reaches into his pocket.  He pulls out a beautiful genuine pearl necklace and places it in his daughter’s hand.

Lucado’s story touches on the way our Heavenly Father desires that we open our hands and let go of the earthly things, that we so often cling, so that we can receive the genuine, eternal things of His Kingdom.

We will be talking more about this idea on Sunday.  We desire to focus on God and His priorities for our life.

PRAYER………….

Pregnant mothers and waiting fathers…….We think of Mary and Joseph this time of year as they waited for Jesus.  We also should think and pray for expecting mothers and fathers that we know.

SABINE’S CELEBRATION OF LIFE……..Sabine’s obituary was in the paper about a week ago.  It is a great tribute to her personality and life.  We will gather at Peace on Saturday, December 17th to further celebrate her life.  A reception will follow after the service in her rememberance.