A Christmas Prayer

A Christmas prayer, by Lee Duigon.

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I’m typing this on Sunday morning, for publication Wednesday morning, when I expect to be doing more Christmas shopping.

This is a prayer, for this Christmas and every Christmas. Please join in.

O Lord our God! Bless this Christmas of 2019, and give it power to work day in, day out, day and night, and every day of 2020. Give it speech that all might hear. Give it the power to draw our hearts to Jesus Christ your Son, our Savior and our rightful King: give it the power to make us strong in His service, strong in His love. And may it move us to love one another, as Our Lord Himself commands.

All year long, O God! Bless this Christmas all year long. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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How’s the Carol Contest Going?

The contest is on a roll! Request a carol on Lee Duigon’s blog!!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here. We don’t get any snow on Rottnest Island: that picture’s me on our family vacation to New Jersey. Only chance I ever got to use my skis.

Anyhow, I’m here to report on the progress of our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest. And the carol that got 24 views on Dec. 1 is still in the lead. No, I’m not going to tell you what it was, or who posted it. It’s sort of a blind taste test. I love those! Did you ever see the one where they’ve got people taste-testing cat food? Fantastic!

So let’s keep those carols coming, folks. I told Lee I could make this a tremendously successful contest and I won’t want to wind up looking like a doo-dah. It would be very bad for my prestige!

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Chestnuts Roasting on an “Open Fire!”

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“March!” says General Egrald Ranzenbarzom to his thirty-six soldiers as they marched near some woods. “There’d be no time for resting ’til we get to the middle of the woods!”

Twenty minutes later, the tired soldiers are resting in an open area in the center of the woods where there are many fallen logs to sit on.

And upon one of the logs sits a rather skinny man, spacing out as he stares at the rising flames of the campfire.

“Alright, men!” yells the general, “We mustn’t waste our time here just resting! Gather up your guns! Practice your aiming skills by using those yonder trees as targets!”

Many shouts of “Roger!” and “Yes, sir!” ring from the soldiers, except for one.

“Uh, cap’n?” says the skinny man.

“What is it now? Got a headache again? Or is it a boo-boo on your finger this time? And stop calling me ‘captain’!”

“Ma’ legs be a’hurtin’ and ma’ arms are aching from the long march from Belgium to Switzerland. Let me rest for awhile, pretty please?”

“Well, er, alright, but don’t expect me to increase your salary,” says General Ranzenbarzom. “And how many times do I have to tell you that we are in Bohemia now, not Switzerland, huh, descendant of pirates?!”

For the skinny man is the descendant of the 17th century dunderhead of a pirate captain, Rascal Numbskull.

“Tango yankee, kimosabe!” says Sergeant Dulloaf Numbskull. “Then I’d be a’roastin’ these here chestnuts for an itty-bitty snack!”

“Well, fine!” says the general, then facing his men, guns at the ready, he orders, “Get ready for action my men! On the count of three, fire at my command!”

Numbskull stabs some chestnuts on some sharp sticks.

Says the general, “One… two… three…”

Sings the sergeant, “Chestnuts roasting on an…”

“OPEN FIRE!!!”

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

Marvelous! This is a beautiful hymn.
Request your favorite Christmas carols at Lee Duigon’s blog! The contest ends the day after Christmas!

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I’m surprised no one has asked for this hymn yet–one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written–Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach. Sung here by Celtic Woman. Most often heard around Christmas-time, this is good for every day of the year. Hard to imagine mortal, sinful human beings creating anything this beautiful: but then we are made in His image.

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By Request, ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’

This is from Mr. Duigon’s blog. It’s Christmas Contest time, so go to Lee Duigon’s blog and request a favorite Christmas carol of yours! The winner gets an autographed copy of one of Lee Duigon’s books!

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I’ve tried to program this wonderful hymn to be posted tomorrow, while we’re out scrambling around to buy a Christmas tree and Christmas dinner before we get the torrential rains that are in the forecast for the next day.

Requested by Phoebe, the Christendom College Choir with Angels We Have Heard on High. I think you’ll be glad if you turn up the volume!

Oops. If I’ve done this right, “tomorrow” is “today.”

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