The Call

Twas the night before Christmas
When I heard the call…
“Better get moving,
“There’s no time to stall!”
Me in my nighty
And he in his whities
Rose up in a flash,
Headed out in a dash!
The moon was low,
But the lights were aglow,
When out in the street
There were many to greet.
We were caught up in the crowd,
They were peaceful, not loud,
But were moving along
In a worshipful throng.
“Where are we going,
“What are we doing?
“Are we on a search?”
“No, we were going to church!”
I heard in my head…
“All are welcome”, was said.
“There’s no need to knock,
“This door’s never locked.
“Come in, be my guest,
“And I will give you rest.”
On the way home
I composed this poem.
Blessed Christmas to all!
May you hear the call!
~PMCBurkey 2013

Yes, Victor, There is a Jesus Christ

Dear Editor,
I am nine years old. Some of my friends say there is no Jesus Christ. Some say he is dead. Dad says, “If you see it in the Bible it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Jesus Christ?
Victor Ree
13 Hallelujah Trail
Eternal City

Dear Victor,
Your friends are wrong. They have been touched by the distrust of an uncertain age. They do not believe unless they can see clearly and understand fully. Do you know there have been more songs composed and sung about the unseen Jesus Christ than any other man that lived? The truth and knowledge of Jesus Christ is gained by faith and hearing the Word of God.
Yes, Victor, there is a Jesus Christ. He lives as certainly as love, kindness, and friendship exist. Alas, how sad would be the world if there was no Jesus Christ! It would be as sad as if there were no Victors. There would be no childlike faith then, no hope, no love to make bearable this existence. We should have no pleasure except in sense and sight. The eternal light of the Holy Spirit which fills the children of God would be extinguished.
Not believe in Jesus Christ? You might as well not believe in the wind! You might get your Dad to hire men to watch all the trees and catch the wind as it blows about the leaves. But what would that prove? Nobody today sees the wind or Jesus Christ, but that is not a sign that there is no Jesus Christ. The most true things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.
Did you ever see angels fly through the air? Of course not, but that does not prove they are not there. No one can know or dream of all the invisible wonders in the world.
You can take apart a music box to see what makes the sounds inside, but the strongest man could not tear apart the cover of the unseen world. Only faith, hope, and love can push aside that curtain and see the beauty and glory of salvation in Heaven beyond. Is it all real? Yes, Victor, in this world there is nothing else as real and abiding.
No Jesus Christ? Thank God he lives, and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Victor, nay ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the hearts of his children. Our joy in the Lord Jesus Christ need never end because he is endless and it was for us that he came!

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. Matthew 18:2-5
*Glory Be To God On High*

In 1897, a child named Virginia wrote to a New York newspaper with the question, “Is there a Santa Claus?” The editor, named Church, wrote a response to Virginia giving her the assurance of Santa Claus’ existence.
Upon reading the response, I thought the attributes of Santa Claus could well be applied to Jesus Christ. Many people today question the existence of Jesus Christ. May this adaptation give hope of His most Blessed Assurance.
(PMCBurkey 1997; 1999; 2013)

December

Why is December the month of holly,
Mistletoe, snowmen, and Santa Claus folly?
Snow covers the evergreens as we watch
In January, February, and in March.

Instead of Santa Claus, we meditate
On Jesus Christ–His love we celebrate.
Want no frantic Christmas rush–it’s frightful!
Warm, safe, and free at year’s end–that’s peaceful!

The world embraces the Christmas season,
Spending sprees, parties, self as the reason.
Christ is left out or way down on the list;
God’s Son as the Saviour is sadly missed.

Create a tradition this December;
Treasure your family, friends, and remember–
No greater gift in this world we receive
Than the freedom He gives, when we believe!
~PMCBurkey 2000 (Peneb)

UPlifting Entertainment

Found a new Comcast Cable TV channel. “UP” is on #189 in my area.
Lots of inspiring movies, seasonal music, Christian themes, and family values that have long been needed on television. Their theme is “Uplifting Entertainment.”
Their motto is “Go and Uplift Someone.”

Know someone in a hurting sea?
Rescue them with mercy.

Do someone a favor,
Watch “UP” TV…
“Others” is the key!

Remember this?
It’s not new.
JOY is…
Jesus, Others, You!

(Jingles by PMCBurkey 2013)

Winter Holidays

“Christmas, Yuletide, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice…”
What’s important to you about this time of the year…Santa Claus or Jesus Christ?
I’m aware of the pagan origins of the Winter celebrations and have shared it with my kids.
Most all of our ‘traditional’ holidays have pagan origins. But I find it encouraging when Jesus Christ is chosen to be the most important aspect of one’s life celebrations.
At this time of the year we certainly are made aware of the world’s priorities, and usually it’s the thrill and happiness of what money can buy : (
But it’s so inspiring to see celebrations of the Light and Life brought into the world by the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ and the entrance of His everlasting Kingdom : )
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness…” John 1:4-5a

PMCBurkey