"A Christmas Thought"
- "A Christmas Thought"
[Written by Pastor Gerald Whetstone]
All the presents had been opened. The crumpled wrapping paper which
had Once concealed each gift so beautifully had been placed in a
large garbage bag.
The family members sat around the gift laden tree looking at each
other With a wondering "what's next" stare when it became apparent
that something had caught dad's attention. Each looked in the
direction of his gaze to find the crèche setting there among the
gifts. It once held the center spot under the tree, but became
obscure as the gifts were placed around it, until now. Now it
silently proclaimed the mystery of Christmas.
Each small figurine had been placed strategically around the manger
to Focus all attention to the Christ Child figure. The silence was
broken as dad uttered softly: "In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the
beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was
made that been made. In Him was life and that life was the light of
men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not
Dad rose from his chair beckoning with hand gestures for the other
Family members to come close to him. They moved in close as he
stretched out his arms to draw them close. Everyone's attention still
riveted on the crèche he continued softly: "He was in the world and
though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize
Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive
Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believe in His Name,
He gave the right to become the children of God - Children born not
of natural descent, not of human decision or a husband's will, but
born of God. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We
have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the
Father, full of grace and truth."
Dad's eyes filled with tears painfully aware that in the same way
that the crèche had been pushed aside for the other things, so had
the truth of Christmas been pushed aside for he and his family. He
slowly bowed his head and prayed aloud. "Gracious Heavenly Father,
we do receive The Word now. We confess that we have allowed other
things to crowd Him out. Forgive us. We do believe and in the Name of
Jesus receive You now. Make Your dwelling in us Jesus. Illuminate us
with Your light. Make us Your own Father. We are Yours!"
The family had now formed into a circle hugging one another and spoke
with one voice, "Amen." As they released from the circle there was a
Wonderful glow in their faces that the gift opening had not brought.
Their was a fullness of life that the things had not engendered. This
household had done more than celebrate Christmas - they experienced
The gift giving and receiving has its place, but let us all be sure
that He remains in the center - in the center of Christmas and of our
lives individually and collectively. "Yet to all who received Him, to
those who believe in His Name, He gave the right to become the
children of God - Children born not of natural descent, not of human
decision or a
Husband will, but born of God."
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"You can give without loving
but you cannot love without giving"
"For God so LOVED the world,
that he GAVE his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believed in him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life"
[New King James Version]
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