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Christmas Ordering & A Way To Remember Christ This Christmas

December 20, 2009

Christmas greetings!

Just wanted to let you know that we still have some Christmas specials in my webstore including the free exclusive, signed, Jason Gray Christmas cards that come for free with every CD ordered. To insure that you get your order by Christmas, your best bet is to order by the end of the day this Monday the 21st.

Single CDs as well as bundles of CDs and the Special and Deluxe editions are all specially priced for gift giving. Go to https://missinginkshop.com/jasongray/store and check it out under the headings “Holiday Bundle” and also “Music” (for individual CDs.)

Last night it was a white Christmas in Waukesha, WI for the 2nd to the last stop for the Bethlehem Skyline Christmas tour. We’ve had a great time every night and an overwhelming response with nearly every date sold out! We’re so grateful to both those who hosted us as well as those who attended and made us a part of their Christmas. We are honored.

Each night we’ve brought the story of Christmas to our audiences, the story of a baby born in poverty in a backwater town of outlying Judea. A baby born with no crib for a bed, laid in a lowly manger. We asked our audiences to imagine the manger scene that we all know so well: the donkey and cattle in the stable, the mother and father crowded around a hay-filled trough, a couple shepherds standing in the wings, and of course the wise men who came from distant lands to worship the newborn King whose tiny hands clutch at sprigs of straw and also have in them the power of star-making.

Each night I’ve asked that we imagine ourselves in the scene as we celebrate Christmas, the birthday party held around the world for Jesus, and have proposed that one of the ways that we can remember Christ – the reason for the party – this Christmas is by offering a gift of worship in the form of remembering the poor. To care for the poor is wise. And it is worship. The wise men came to worship the newborn king with gifts, treasures for the child’s provision. Likewise, when we share provision with the poor, Jesus receives it as worship.

One of the most dramatic moments in scripture drives this home when we see the newborn King finally enthroned and welcoming the faithful into his eternal Kingdom by saying:

“…I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me… I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matt 25:31-40)

I know it’s been a challenging year for many of us, and it’s not my intent in the least to burden people with another plea to give, but I also know that many of us are looking for ways to make this Christmas especially meaningful and are also considering year-end giving. And if that’s you, I wanted to propose that the ministry of World Vision is worthy of your consideration. We work with World Vision and advocate for child sponsorship because we’ve seen the work they do up close and personal, and it works! The poorest of the poor are served, the Kingdom is built, and we get to play a part in God’s redemptive plan of making sad things come untrue.

So if you’re looking for a special gift for the person who has everything, or looking for a meaningful way to honor the babe born to poverty in a lowly manger this Christmas, child sponsorship is a simple and beautiful way to celebrate Christmas and give a gift that truly will keep giving: a changed life.

For more information about child sponsorship or how to give a one-time gift to World Vision, click here

Thanks for reading! I pray you have a blessed Christmas season and that our paths cross again soon.

Jason Gray

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