Christmas Wishes

 To our dear ones—far and near,

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people”—Titus 2:11 ESV


The Mahars are celebrating Christmas 2014 in a different way than usual. Instead of Christmas garlands on our front porch, and a Christmas tree in the window, we’ve reduced our decorating to a lighted manger scene on the front lawn. Initially this was not in our plans, but since Frank developed a health problem in July, which led to hospitalization that has culminated in last week’s surgery, he must presently avoid certain activities. Consequently, we’ve decided to celebrate Christmas simply, while placing our entire focus on the incarnation of our Savior that took place 2014 years ago. The words of an old hymn we’ve sung since childhood still ring clearly in our hearts this year, so we thought to let it accompany our Christmas wishes to you.

Refrain : Tell me the story of Jesus,

Write on my heart every word.

Tell me the story most precious,

Sweetest that ever was heard.

Tell how the angels in chorus,

Sang as they welcomed His birth.

“Glory to God in the highest!

Peace and good tidings to earth.”


Fasting alone in the desert,

Tell of the days that are past.

How for our sins He was tempted,

Yet was triumphant at last.

Tell of the years of His labor,

Tell of the sorrow He bore.

He was despised and afflicted,

Homeless, rejected and poor.


Tell of the cross where they nailed Him,

Writhing in anguish and pain.

Tell of the grave where they laid Him,

Tell how He liveth again.

Love in that story so tender,

Clearer than ever I see.

Stay, let me weep while you whisper,

Love paid the ransom for me.

 May your Christmas be bright and meaningful however you choose to celebrate it, and we pray you’ll be showered with blessings in the coming year.

Frank and Joanne Mahar

 P.S. For those who are wondering, Joanne’s book, Andreas of Alexandria, (book 2 in the ancient trilogy) is still in the making. Set as it is in the intertestamental period when God was preparing the World for Messiah’s coming, it has enhanced our understanding of the above. We look forward to sharing it with you.

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