Jesus is the reason for the season, but sometimes we forget that.
A woman was Christmas shopping with her two children. After many hours of walking down row after row of toys and after hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she finally made it to the store elevator with her two children in hand.
She was feeling what so many of us feel during the holiday season time of the year, getting that perfect gift for every single person on our shopping list, overwhelming pressure to go to every party, every housewarming, taste all the holiday food and treats, making sure we don’t forget anyone on our card list, and the pressure of making sure we respond to everyone who sent us a card.
Finally the elevator doors opened revealing a crowd inside. She pushed her way in and dragged her two kids and all her bags of stuff in with her.
As the doors closed she couldn’t take it anymore and blurted out, “Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be found, strung up, and shot,”
From the back of the elevator, a quiet calm voice responded, “Don’t worry, we’ve already crucified Him.” The rest of the trip down was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” John 1:14
Thanks be to God for His indescribable Christmas gift “the birth of Christ”. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
LIFE LESSON: This Christmas, don’t forget to keep the One who started this whole celebration in your every thought, deed, purchase, and word. If we all would remember to do that, just think how much better this world would be!
Remember the most important part of Christmas is the first six letters.
C h r i s t… is the reason for the season. Wise men still seek Him. Amen!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Growing in Grace Ministries!
Growing in His Grace,
Len Baker, Director
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