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"Once upon a Time"

November 20, 2006

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"For nothing is impossible with God." Luke 1:37

Is it fact or fiction? Often we cannot tell the one from the other. Parents read fairy tales to their children because these stories stimulate the imagination. They read them so often the stories become real to the children.

In our day Santa Claus has become so real and commercially successful that he has all but eased the baby Jesus out of His manger. Bunnies and colored eggs at Easter have for many all but replaced the empty tomb of the risen Lord. Is it not strange how "once upon a time" fairy tales are accepted as real, and true stories from the Bible are looked upon as fairy tales?

"Once upon a time" Jesus was truly born, lived, died, and rose again. All this was truly God's wonderful way of giving to all people a Savior from sin and a Lord for life. What a true story to tell and tell and tell again!

"Once upon a time!" They may not begin with just those words, but there are many true stories in the Bible, interesting to read, challenging to consider, essential to believe. As we read and meditate on the "once upon a time" stories of the Bible and the eternal truths of God of which they speak, let us make the prayer of the Virgin Mary our own prayer and expression of faith: "Let it be to me according to Your Word" (Luke 1:38).

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, increase in us the desire to study the Scriptures, for they testify about You, our Savior; in Your name we ask it. Amen.

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