I am not able to be
here this week due to an injury, Lynda, my wife has stepped in to share.
Enjoy her thoughts. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus
It’s that time of year again. The time for mistletoe and
holly along with the sound of bells ringing, carols and everyone
bustling around while feeling jolly. Feeling jolly? Truthfully, if we
really admit it deep down we feel this sense of dread about the
Christmas season. Shopping to do but how much do we have to spend,
guests coming over but how will we get ready for them and is there room
in the inn?
Everywhere we look the days are being counted down for us and
we feel like we are in a race. Many of us are speeding down the road,
cutting each other off to get our errands done, stealing the space at
the mall from the guy coming down the lane across from us and grumbling
to the shop clerks that we can’t wait for it all to be over.
I wonder what it would be like if we just stepped back and
let Christmas happen? Perhaps the big retailers would not show a larger
profit than last year. Maybe we would have less stuff to try to find a
use for or space to store it in. Then we might notice the twinkle of the
lights on our neighbor’s home shining in the darkness on the long
We hear about the true meaning of Christmas but we tend to
shove it away until we are ready to remember it after we have finished
getting ready for Christmas. Have we just bought into the massive gift
giving part of the holiday? By doing this we have forgotten the one gift
we all can have but haven’t used or even opened or perhaps refused to
The prophet Isaiah told us,
Isaiah 9:6 “For to
us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on
his shoulders. And he will be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
The gift of Christ as the savior for the world was not
intended to be a burden for us. His gift of eternal salvation is not the
threat that many see it to be. Why is this gift so hard to simply
accept? Quite often it is seen as a gift with strings attached or
obligations to fulfill. In reality when we accept the gift of Christ as
Lord of our life, a weight is lifted, we feel lighter than air. The day
that it happens, we wonder what we ever questioned about it.
Jesus told us,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you
rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and
humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is
easy and my burden is light.”
It is told that a gentle and giving man, years ago, started
giving gifts to children and became known as St. Nicholas, which led to
the birth of Santa Claus. It would seem that he had the gift in his
heart of the true meaning of Christmas and never dreamed of the “bah
humbug” that would come about from his simple gestures of love.
So how can we let Christmas happen? First, don’t try so hard
to make it the Christmas we think it has to be. What would really happen
if we stopped buying so many things, baking so many cookies, or sending
so many cards? Would we help lift some of the burden from the ones we
are overwhelming with our efforts by feeling that they need to
reciprocate? They might be able to step back and enjoy the true gift of
I’ve noticed at the race track that it takes a team effort to
have a successful race day. Too often at holiday time we go it alone
with all the preparations and end up with resentment and tiredness. If
we’re the one doing everything try to accept the offer from others to
help by letting them do it their way. It might not get done just like we
want but it will get done. If we are the ones who tend to sit back and
enjoy everyone else’s efforts why not do something different and join
the team to make the holiday enjoyable for everyone?
Let’s try to stop counting the days left until Christmas in
dread, but count them as we did when we were children in anticipation of
something magical coming. Then we can enjoy the snowflakes falling
instead of seeing it as a mess that will keep us from getting to the
mall. We can gather and watch once again, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and
realize that it really is a wonderful life. This is the gift of
Christmas that God intended for us.
Then we can truly say, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
Not much happening after the Turkey Derby. I guess I should
mention the trip to the hospital. I am writing this from my hospital bed
in Rockville . I am on the holiday weight loss program. I’ll be ok after
they plug some holes in my throat. My wife has graciously stepped in for
me this week. She has always wanted to share some of her thoughts.
I’ll be back on the road this week headed to PRI in Orlando
if the doctor says it is alright. Keep me in your prayers. Have a great
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