This Whole Christmas Thing
This morning, a story came on the radio of a woman who was out Christmas shopping with her two children. After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable, along with hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she finally made it to the elevator with her two kids.
She was feeling what so many of us feel during the holiday season–overwhelming pressure to go to every party, every house-warming, baking (and tasting) all the holiday food and treats, as well as getting that perfect gift for every single person on our shopping list. Of course, mindful not to forget anyone on our card list, along with the pressure of making sure we respond to everyone who sent us a card, getting them all off into the mail in ample time.
Finally, the elevator doors opened and there was already a crowd inside. She pushed her way into the elevator, dragging her two kids and all the bags of stuff in behind her. When the doors closed, she couldn’t take it anymore and stated to no-one, yet everyone, “Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be strung up and shot!”
From the back of the elevator, everyone heard a quiet, calm voice respond, “Don’t worry-we already crucified Him.”
For the rest of the trip down the elevator, it was so quiet, you could have heard a pin drop. Don’t forget this year to keep the One who started this whole Christmas thing in your every thought, deed, purchase, and word. If we all did it, just think of how different this whole world would be.
“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.” (John 3:16)