Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Christmas Alone?

I cannot think of many things worse than Christmas alone. There are many people who because of their circumstance have to do this. Maybe their family is gone and they have not developed relationships with others, or maybe they choose to. There are others who spend Christmas alone because they do not take full advantage of the relationships and friendships they have. Whatever the reason, it is hard to imagine a happy Christmas alone.

Many times we are at home, living with family, and yet, for all practical purposes we are still alone. Maybe depression has set in; maybe we are so caught up in activities that we do not give the people we love the time of day. I have to admit, this is a serious mistake I have made in the past. This is especially easy to do when one is involved in "ministry" or work similar to what I do. I and many others have forgotten that our first ministry is to our families, and those we are close to. I have a lot to learn in this area, I know that, I only pray God will continue to teach me the things I need.

Here is a thought for each of us as we get one day closer to Christmas. Take time away from shopping, take time away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday, and spend time with family. I have noticed my own need to do that. Today I am taking my half a day off and taking my son out to do some shopping for some good friends of ours. I also went out of the way with my son to think of something special I could give him. I decided a date with his girlfriend, using the family van would be something he would enjoy. I actually got a smile out of him this morning when I mentioned that. I am pleased he has friendships where he enjoys giving to others, it is important that I as a parent provides opportunities where he can give to others, on a more regular basis.

Here is my challenge with today's thought, think of ways you can take some of your time and give it to the very people you love. If you have not figured out yet, many of the videos I have been posting have nothing to do with the blogs, others do. One thing that has been a constant though is that the last video of the blog has something to do with the blog, and is placed as a last thought to get you to think about what I have shared. There are other videos to enjoy along the way, and there will be close to 500 videos you can look at in the archives.

Now before the weekend officially starts, go to a loved one, tell them that you love them and want to spend some time with them. Hopefully you are not at the place of the character in the Harry Chapin song Cats in a Cradle. Hopefully you can salvage the relationships you have by realizing they can only be built on love, love that requires spending time with each other.

Now before we get to the videos today, hopefully everyone will remember to pass the blogs along to your friends. The Christmas Special blogs from TVP can help a lot of people. You can show them what we are doing by Clicking Here at this Link. They can also get in the Christmas Spirit by Clicking Here and reading about The Virtual Pew and our Christmas giving options. Also be on the lookout for my story of The Best Christmas Ever, which will be posted around Christmas Day. It is a heart tugging story, and a true testament to the power of Christmas and God. I am really looking forward to retelling this story that is true, and happened to me and my family. It has been published across the world, and I will redo the story, just for The Virtual Pew.

Now for those that do not know, make sure you check out the numerous articles and blogs by checking out the archives. If visiting The Virtual Pew or MySpace they are archived on the left hand side of the page. Scroll down to where you see newer or older listed under archives and then click there. There are numerous postings, and you will have to go into the archives to see the 100 plus postings over the last months.

Now I also want to remind you that you can visit www.thevirtualpew.com and on the front page scroll down to the left hand side of the page where you sill see our store. Your purchases through our Amazon store provides needed funds to The Virtual Pew. If you do not see something on the page to buy, you can click on the search engine for the store, (do not put anything in the search box at this time) and you will then be taken to Amazon where you can search for anything you desire. Hopefully as you shop for Christmas you will consider a gift to The Virtual Pew and/or at the very least shop our store. The items on the store page are highly recommended.

Now prior to checking out the videos for the day, here is that information, contact and contribution information regarding The Virtual Pew. Again, thanks for visiting, have a Merry Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate. Just remember though, from The Virtual Pew, we wish you a Merry Christmas.

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Oh Yea, here is that contact information again.

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Robbie Williams on Ant and December at Christmas

Elvis Here Comes Santa Claus

andt Merry Christmas
Ryuichi Sakamoto Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Live 1994

John Lennon Happy Christmas War is Over

Shining Time Station Part 1 With Ringo Star Tis A Gift

Shining Time Station Part 2 With Ringo Star Tis A Gift

Shining Time Station Part 3 With Ringo Star Tis A Gift

Shining Time Station Part 4 With Ringo Star Tis A Gift

Shining Time Station Part 5 With Ringo Star Tis A Gift

Shining Time Station Part 6 With Ringo Star Tis A Gift

Matrix Christmas With TSO

Spike Jones All I Want for Christmas

Vienna Boys Choir Silent Night

Blink 182 A Christmas Song

Mr. Grinch Hero Yuy

Kim Wilde and Mel Smith Rockin Around The Christmas Tree

O Holy Night Alred Jones

Claymation Christmas We Three Kings

Josh Groban Cinema Paradiso

Peabo Bryson Born This Day

Modern Talking It's Christmas

Cliff Richard Mistletoe and Wine

Gordon Giltrap and Rick Wakeman Fast Approaching

Brian Adams Christmas Time

A Scooby Doo Christmas Part 1

A Scooby Doo Christmas Part 2

A Scooby Doo Christmas Part 3

A Pink Panther Christmas 1978 Part 1

A Pink Panther Christmas 1978 Part 2

A Pink Panther Christmas 1978 Part 3

A Pink Panther Christmas 1978 Part 4

A Pink Panther Christmas 1978 Part 5

Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt Merry Christmas

The Carpenters Merry Christmas Darling

Michael McDonald on Christmas Morning Live

A Christmas Wish

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