If Tomorrow Were Christmas

 

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Corrie Ten Boom – Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.

 

If tomorrow were Christmas and the presents weren’t wrapped,

The pies needed filling, the gingers weren’t snapped.

If tomorrow were Christmas and the stockings lay limp,

the fire didn’t roar, the tree mostly bent.

If tomorrow were Christmas and the cards had no stamps,

The turkeys sat frozen, the lights had no amps

Would Christmas still come if nothing got done?

 

If tomorrow were Christmas and the hymns were not sung,

The flights were delayed, the wreaths never hung.

If tomorrow were Christmas and the snow didn’t fall,

The stores wouldn’t open, the kids couldn’t call.

If tomorrow were Christmas and the bells didn’t ring,

The pudding went flat, there were no carols to sing.

Would Christmas still come if nothing got done?

 

If tomorrow were Christmas, what would it bring?

Rushing and stressing, or worshiping the King?

If tomorrow were Christmas, what would it hold?

Feasts for our bodies, or feasts for our souls?

If tomorrow were Christmas, what would it be?

All about Jesus, or all about me?

Yes, Christmas would come if nothing got done.

 

For presents and singing and eating and such

The myriad of things, on which we spend so much

Are tidbits and pieces of the true celebration

Of God’s only Son; man’s hope and salvation.

So, open the presents and hang the wreaths

Call the kids and enjoy the feast.

For Christmas Day has come to us; it’s nothing we have done.

3 Questions Wednesday with Lynn Watson

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author Lynn Watson.  Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?
Lynn: Francine Rivers delivers great stories. She had me at Redeeming Love so many years ago. A few years back, The Lady and the Lionheart drew me into Joanne Bishof’s work. Even more recently, I discovered Roseanna M. White’s stories through her Shadows Over England Series. Her delightful characters bring me back over and over again.

Sounds like I’ve just added a few books to my reading list. Next question…You’ve been chosen to write a biography about your favorite historical person. Who would that be?

Lynn: Biblical characters are historical, of course. I’ve written several stories about them in my devotional books. The “interview” I had with Rahab for The Essence of Humility was especially fun to write.

In the third grade, I checked out Amelia Earhart, from the school library. Hers was the first biography I read, and I continue to be intrigued by her story. Recently new clues have been found, and the search reopened to learn what happened that fateful day in 1937. Probably not the best choice for publication options since many stories have been written about her life, but I would enjoy the adventure.

Speaking of adventure, a hot air balloon ride was on my bucket list. The wish came true a couple years ago. I have thought many times of incorporating the billowing magic into a story. Aw, shucks! That would mean lots more “research.” Anyone else like to float away with me?

You are an adventurer! Last question: If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Lynn: My current work-in-progress is a novel inspired by a true story from my great-grandmother’s life –  a daughter of German nobility, disowned by family, and sent to America alone and seven months pregnant. I would ask her a million and one questions to hear it all (the little I know plus the rest of the story) from her point of view. It would be a joy to fill her in on the lives her story has touched. I hope she would encourage my endeavor to use the stories to make a difference for the unborn today. I’ll always wonder how close my fictionalized version is to reality.

Sounds interesting. Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: Biblical characters are historical, of course. I’ve written several stories about them in my devotional books. The “interview” I had with Rahab for The Essence of Humility was especially fun to write.


Christmas Collection

I’m delighted to have two stories included in Remembering Christmas, compiled and edited by Yvonne Lehman. The latest “Divine Moments Book” from Grace Publishing released in October.  Royalties from the sale of the book will be donated to Samaritan’s Purse.  Available from Amazon.

Nostalgia. It’s our link to our personal history and identity. It’s that feeling that allows us to reconnect with our childhood, recall the joys of a simpler time, feel closer to those we have lost, experience once again the delight of a cherished moment, even strengthen our faith. Join these 43 authors as they share their personal stories of Christmases past. Perhaps they will bring to mind your own treasured memories.

Connect with Lynn


About Lynn Watson

Lynn fell in love with essential oils a dozen years ago, and fell in love with Jesus decades earlier. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Memphis, is a nationally board certified reflexologist, a certified aromatherapist, and has been a contributor to Natural Awakenings Memphis and the Reflexology Association of America Newsletter. A leader in women’s ministry for many years, Lynn has led numerous Bible studies and written a couple, too. She shares spicy essences of Scripture to encourage you to diligently cultivate your heart, growing your roots deep in an intimate relationship with Jesus. Follow her writing journey when you subscribe to our newsletter. She and Steve have been married since 1973 and call Bartlett, Tennessee home. Their lives are blessed with two adult children, their spouses, and five beautiful (of course) grandchildren.

Readers, Thank you for stopping by 3-Question Wednesday. I had a great time answering the questions. Your feedback would be a treat. Here’s a treat for you.


Book Giveaway

Leave comments below to be entered in Lynn’s book giveaway. “I wish everyone could win. We know that can’t happen, but you will find the book available in ebook and paperback on Amazon and most other booksellers.”

The Essence of Joy: Filling Your Heart with the Aromas of Jesus’ Nativity The scents of Christmas invite our imaginations into the holiday season. What emotions flood your heart when the holiday aromas waft your way?

Book Release and YOU

By Jennifer Hallmark

Have you enjoyed our month of discussing all things book release? Here’s a quick overview in case you missed any of our posts:

To me, what’s most important about a book release is that you enjoy yourself. Yes, be serious and do the work but don’t get so busy and stressed, that you miss the fun. For it is filled with fun.  And kind words. And sales. And meeting and talking to people.

So enjoy yourself. And make sure to stop by in December as we share cool memes and writing quotes. No articles?

Not in December. But those informative posts on writing will be back in January. Until then, have a blessed holiday season…

3 Questions Wednesday with PJ Roga

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author PJ Roga.  Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?
PJ: C. S. Lewis. I discovered Narnia as a college freshman. I think we read Screwtape Letters in high school. But Narnia is what got me hooked. I loved the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from the first reading. (I wasn’t expecting to and was not aware of their popularity at that point. 1969-ish). So my favorite book would be all of the Narnia books (all of them!), and perhaps the space trilogy (go figure).

C.S. Lewis (Jack) was particularly insightful and had a way of communicating truths through story, even in non-fiction. His humor and gentle way of correction (ala Aslan) is far different from the experiences of many of us.

I want to convey truths in my writing in that same way without being “preachy”.

I love the layers of messaging the Narnia series offers readers. Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

PJ: Probably what I am currently writing — a sci-fi adventure where a planned colonization goes slightly awry and the planners are cut off from their planned utopia.

Sounds interesting, and like a story that could take many twists and turns. Last question: If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

PJ: Aslan. Who knows what might happen during a day with Him, if he isn’t called away? He’s not a tame lion, after all. But I suspect it will be good! “He’ll be coming and going” he had said. “One day you’ll see him and another you won’t. He doesn’t like being tied down–and of course he has other countries to attend to. It’s quite all right. He’ll often drop in. Only you mustn’t press him. He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.” Mr. Tumnus

“Gone! And you and I quite crestfallen. It’s always like that, you can’t keep him; it’s not as if he were a tame lion.”

No doubt a day with Aslan would be an adventure. Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: I discovered Narnia as a college freshman. I think we read Screwtape Letters in high school. But Narnia is what got me hooked.


About PJ Roga

PJ Roga is a  life-long reader of all kinds of stories. Her favorites are the Bible (so many great stories — and they are all true!), The Chronicles of Narnia as well as stories in mystery, science fiction, and fantasy.

In her “real life”, she teaches middle and high school math online. Her hobbies include creating stuff in SketchUp – basic animation and instructional videos on science/technology and history.

Widowed since the early 2000’s, she has five grown children, six adult grandchildren and three non-adult grandchildren. PJ currently lives in west Michigan with her youngest son, her very patient daughter-in-law and a handsome, talented and seemingly normal ten-year-old grandson.