PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM,

RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:

FROM THE PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM ARCHIVES:

LeVere and Gladys Gray's

1985 Christmas Letter to Pearl Ginther

Christmas 1985

Dear Ones (Relations & Friends)

Hebrews 12: 2

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"Keep your eyes on Jesus our Leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the Cross because of the Joy He knew would be His afterwards; and now He sits in the place of honor by the throne of God."

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As I was thinking of our Christmas Celebration and rejoicing in Jesus' birth, I would like to share what it means to me today.

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John 1: 14 (L.V.)

Christ became a human being and lived here on earth among us and was full of loving forgiveness and truth and some of us have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Heavenly Father.

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That precious baby in the Manger is today my living, loving Savior, King of kings, Lord of lords, my advocate with the Father Jesus Christ the righteous.

He left Heaven's glory because a sinner like me needed a Savior.

He took the punishment for my sin and gave me His righteousness.

His conversation with the woman at the well always blesses my heart, as the Pharisees were always asking Him to prove that he was the Messiah that they were looking and waiting for.

He ignored their questions but when someone truly wanted to to know Him:

John 4: 24, 25, & 26

Jesus said: "God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth."

The woman said to Him, "I know the One who is called Christ is coming, and when He comes He will make everything plain to us."

Jesus said to her, "I who am talking to you am He."

She believed her sins were forgiven and she invited others to come to see and hear Him. They came and they believed.

We [too] came, heard His word, repented and believed. Now [we] rejoice when we can share the good news of salvation with others.

For a blessed Christmas let us read our Bibles from cover to cover in '86 and practice Philippians 4: 4:

"Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice. Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate. Remember that the Lord is coming soon. Don't worry about anything, instead pray about everything and don't forget to thank God for his answers. If you do you will experience God's peace which is more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet as you rest in Him."

Love you,

LeVere & Gladys

Note: LeVere and Gladys Gray were friends of Mom and Dad from the 1930s in South Dakota days. They continued as dear friends in Washington State from the 1940s. They attended Mom's church, Mt. View Lutheran of Edgewood, WA, for many years, and as a member LeVere turned 100 a year after Mom did in 2009, and a picture of them was taken, Mt. View Lutheran Church's two Centenarians!--Ed.

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