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Pastor's Blog - December 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

That’s right “Merry Christmas” not “Happy Holidays” or even “Season’s Greetings” nope it’s Merry Christmas for me!  This is the time of the year that we give preeminence not to a holiday nor to a season but to the Lord Jesus Christ God’s son, His gift to us!  

 

The Apostle Paul writes in Colossians 1:17-19  17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

 

Hear this brave letter, entitled …

THERE IS GOING TO BE A CHANGE

 

Dear Santa Clause:

 

You’ll probably be surprised to receive this letter from an adult.  You may even be more surprised as you read it to find that the writer is neither a maiden aunt nor a disgruntled bachelor.  I’m a young mother.

 

It isn’t my intention, Santa, to hurt your feelings, You see, my family has paid tribute to you for many past Christmases:  my husband and I, when we were in our childhood, now our children who are 6, 4 and 2.  They still care for you.  How much they care has really proved a problem in recent years.  It is threatening to happen again.

 

Our children worship you.  They speak of you constantly.  They watch diligently for your December 25th appearance.  Can you tell us, Santa, what you have done to deserve this faithfulness from two generations?  Can you exchange for past loyalties? 

 

During a family crisis, have you ever told us,  “LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS?’  Were you ever with us during sorrow to comfort us with these words, “BUT YOUR SORROW WILL BE TURNED INTO JOY?”   And, Santa, there have been doubtful times; WHERE ARE YOU?  We didn’t hear from you the calming message, “I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE NOR FORSAKE THEE.”

 

We have come to the conclusion that you have been even less than a friend should be, and we have been short-changed. 

 

My three children have stood on a windy, cold main street just to get a glimpse of your jolly face.  They have written heartfelt yearly letters.  They have gone to department stores to whisper in your ear.  They have worked hard in being good in anticipation of your Christmas Eve visit.  Yes, they have done all this, as their father and I did, before them.

 

But there is going to be a change this Christmas.  There isn’t going to be any SANTA CLAUSE WORSHIP IN OUR HOME THIS YEAR.  We’ve decided to focus our attention and adoration on another being, one who have stood by us the other 364 days of this pass year.  One who has comforted us during the sorrow and the doubtful times and, yes, the times of crisis also.

 

It’s true that your name will probably be mentioned around our house, Santa, old habits are hard to break abruptly.  But someone else’s name will be mentioned much more often.  The children will probably work just as hard at being good, but I hope they will do it for another reason, one that will last the whole year long to bring glory to another’s name.  That other one has given so much more, and not just on CHRISTMAS EVE!

 

You may call our family fickle, Santa, but we don’t mind.  On December 25th, and all through the year, we want a COMFORTER, A HEALER, A STRENGTHENING KING.  We don’t want a MYTH any longer.

 

We’ve talked it over.  This year we’ve decided to give TRIBUTE, HONOR and WORSHIP to someone who really deserves them, to the TRUE GIVER , OUR SAVIOUR - - JESUS CHRIST.
                                     

FAREWELL,

 

A YOUNG MOTHER

 

(Taken from the Jewish Voice – December 1987)

 

Let us give the preeminence to Jesus this Christmas and the rest of the 364 days. 

 

Blessings
Merry Christmas from us here at Zion!