DECEMBER 27…I sit here watching a neighbor disassembling his Christmas lawn decorations…Santa, Reindeer, Snowman, Nativity Set. I realize Christmas Day is past, but only by two days!
When is Christmas over for you? The day after, two days after, New Year’s Day, twelve days after? The excitement of Christmas builds to a climax on the morning of December 25, and then it stops, abruptly. Christmas is over, the New Year begins, and people go back to their normal lives.
Why is Christmas “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”? It is a most beautiful time of the year with lights glistening, maybe on new fallen snow and with a full moon for a backdrop. Most hearts seem lighter during the season except for those in despair and in need of prayer. Shouldn’t we be rejoicing in the Lord every day of the year? “Rejoice evermore; Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing”; and see Psalm 100. For those whose elation comes only with lights and libations, the saddest day of the year is December 26, because it’s all over and the depression soon sets in. Then…”In the dead of night we now strain for the chink of light that comes from a Bethlehem cave.”**
What does the Christmas season mean to you? Do you remember ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’? What’s the message you get from that story? How would you explain Christmas to your future grandchildren? Is it about gifts or the Giver of gifts? “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is about the birth of our Saviour and love, even of a scraggly tree!
Christmas is not a day, it’s a season…the season of our lives. “To everything there is a season…”
May our Lord Jesus Christ continue to bring light to a world of darkness and hope to a world of despair. May you and yours have a “Merry Christmas” all year long!
~May Lyn – December 27, 2016
Who gets presents on your birthday? You do!
Who gets presents on Christ’s birthday (Christmas)? You do!
What’s wrong with this picture? How then, can you give to Christ?
Four possible suggestions given in the past have been:
1. The Little Drummer Boy (song): He does what he does best, he plays his best for Christ.
2. My Gift (Christina Rossetti’s poem): She answers the question, “What can I give Him? – I’ll give Him my heart.”
3. Arthur Melanson (radio minister): “You can give to Christ by giving to a Christian ministry.”
4. The Bishop’s Wife (movie): The Bishop asks the question…”What would Christ wish for most?” He suggests…”Loving kindness, warm hearts, a stretched out hand of tolerance…all the shining gifts that make Peace On Earth.”
What would you put into Christ’s stocking this year?
Write down your gift to Christ this year and put it in His stocking. Next year look at what you wrote this year. Did you fulfill your promise?
May you all be blessed!
A kid that gets a Play Station 4, bike, and and iPad probably knows there is no such thing as a chimney sliding Santa anyway. Gift giving kept at a minimum for all would be a more helpful example for those kids who are on the near poverty end.
I know of a family whose Christmas presents were so numerous each year that the parents were in debt most of the next year in order to pay it off. What example does that set?
Just a thought…Who gets presents on your birthday? You do. Who gets presents on Jesus Birthday (Christmas)? You do. Maybe you could hang a stocking each year with a promise of something you would do for Him…Be kinder, be a peacemaker, be a comforter, visit the sick and elderly…maybe there’s a neighbor who lives alone…offer help at a soup kitchen, be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, read your Bible regularly, pray daily. I’m sure you and your family could come up with great gift ideas for Jesus each year. ~PMCBurkey
God/Jesus was, is, and always will be. So, His Word is relevant unto all generations bringing blessings and judgments according to His will forever…Amen!
A poem for our time!
God give us men! A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and ready hands;
Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
Men who have honor, men who will not lie;
Men who can stand before a demagogue,
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty, and in private thinking;
For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,
Their large professions and their little deeds,
Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,
Wrong rules the land, and waiting Justice sleeps!
~Josiah Gilbert Holland
Jesus Christ never changes,
He’s ‘The Truth’ through all the ages.
Creator, Redeemer, Saviour,
Ours now and forever.
He was and is and will be,
The ‘I Am’, The Almighty.
He’s the Alpha and Omega,
And everyone’s Mama and Papa.
He’s a lion and a lamb,
He’s The King and The Man.
He lived and was dead,
And rose again, as He said.
He has the keys to life and death,
Will you put Him to the test?