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It seems like yesterday I was writing about the season of fall and the beauty of it in my October Pastor Ponders and now here we are in the month of December. This is the month that we celebrate Christmas and many things are already underway concerning Christmas.
The stores have had Christmas stuff out since back in September. Lights are being put up in the malls, towns, and homes. Trees are being brought down out of the attic or up from the basement if you have went the pre-lit way as we have done or for you realists, you have bought you a good smelly pine that will spread the aroma of pine throughout your home for Christmas. No, not for the holidays, but Christmas! As for us who went the pre-lit way we have to get the pine scented wax and put it in the candle warmer to get the aroma of pine. But I guess there is a bright side to the fake trees, no water to add and no needles to sweep up!
Next, we purchase Christmas cards that will be sent to our family and friends. Then we are asking ourselves, “where in the world did we put those addresses.” Once we find them we are in need of some stamps, so we walk or get in our vehicle to go to our local post office to purchase a book or two of stamps.
With that out of the way we may find ourselves in the kitchen making Christmas candy and cookies to share with family and friends. Remember, it is Christmas.
Now we are making one of many trips to the shopping malls or Wal-Mart to find that perfect gift. This starts with what we know now as Black Friday. Don’t ask me why they call it that. Many people will find themselves getting up soon after they went to bed if they went at all. Willing to be shoved and cussed at or even trampled when the retailers turn them loose. People fighting for a certain toy for their child. Oh the joy of it all! We trod up one isle then down another, and then another, stopping to gaze at the gifts, wondering if this is the gift. We go from store to store, looking and wondering. We get so tired so we go home to rest just so we can do it again.
Hey, wait a minute. In the midst of this busyness of Christmas I forgot to mention something that is of the upmost importance to us all. Jesus Christ, the Reason for the Season. He is the Gift that has been given to the whole world, a world separated from God because of sin. Here is part of the Christmas story that you will find in Luke 2: 8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold,[b] an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
Only through the Lord Jesus can anyone be reconciled back to a righteous relationship with God and Jesus wants you to receive the most wonderful gift humanity can receive, eternal life in Him. Confess your sins and ask Jesus to forgive you of them and He will because He is true and faithful to do that very thing. He will cleanse you and set you free by His blood.
Remember Jesus is the Gift
Richard Metheney - Knotts Memorial UMC Pastor