by: Rich Vaughan
About a week ago we got our first Christmas card in the mail. Claiming first this year was Bill & Martha Middleton, a sweet older couple in my church. Debbie and I like Christmas cards although between the internet and all the other forms of social media possibilities, Christmas cards via “snail mail” are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. We put our cards up around the entrance way between the living area and the kitchen so that we can enjoy them during this time of year. All Christmas cards are special and have unique scenes and sayings, but the Middleton’s card really got our attention. So much so I would like to share with you what the card said:
“If you look for me at Christmas you won’t need a special star –
I’m no longer just in Bethlehem, I’m right where you are.
You may not be aware of Me amid the celebrations –
You’ll have to look beyond the stores and all the decorations.
But if you take a moment from your list of things to do
And listen to your heart, you’ll find I’m waiting there for you …
… You’re the one I want to be with, you’re the reason that I came,
And you’ll find Me in the stillness as I’m whispering your name.”
Christmas cards and Christmas messages come in all shapes and sizes. Christmas cards may reconnect us with an old friend or remind us of precious memories of Christmas’ past. Christmas messages may be in the form of a song, a scripture, a sermon, or an action. It may be as powerful as the singing of Handel’s Messiah or as quiet as a small gift left anonymously for someone who desperately needs to know that Jesus loves them and that Jesus IS the reason for the season. We Christians, especially this year (but truthfully, every year) need to let the world know through not just our words but our actions, what this Baby in a manger truly means. Perhaps one of my favorite Christmas hymns says it best: “Joy to the world the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King. LET EVERY HEART PREPARE HIM ROOM, and heaven and nature sing”. Amen & Amen!
P.S. Today is December 7th. Please take a moment and remember the events of December 7th, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. 2,403 were killed and 19 US Navy ships where either destroyed or heavily damaged. 8 Battle ships who were in that group of 19 and this event crippled our South Pacific fleet for several years. It also threw America into WW II.