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Monday, December 19, 2016

The Reason for the Season!

"And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid in in a manger; because
there was no room for them
in the inn." Luke 2:7

The Sunday newspaper almost contained more retail flyers than it did news sections. Retail stores have extended their shopping hours, opening earlier and closing later.

Did you shop on “black Friday”? Or on cyber Monday? I read that on the day after Thanksgiving some stores had super bargains—but super enough to pitch a tent on Monday to be the first in the store on Friday? But, you know what, yesterday’s flyers showed the same stores still have most of those black Friday super bargains.

In this economy when we’re all supposed to be in a bind financially or not employed, people sure are spending money. Or, rather they are spending plastic—credit cards. It wouldn’t surprise me if it may take some shoppers all next year to pay for what they buy between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Our country has been buying things this way for a while but it seems this year folks are behaving more materialistic than before. Shoppers are frantic and racking up staggering debt on stuff.

Well and good if that’s what floats your boat. But it’s so obvious that the true meaning of Christmas is again pushed to the end of the line by those who love their material things. They behave as if they don’t remember, or maybe never knew, the real meaning of Christmas. That saddens my heart.

As we compile our wish lists for Christmas, may we remember the words of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale: “The magic message of Christmas is that God gives us so much more than we can possibly give back! He gave the world the greatest gift of all time. ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given (Isaiah 9:6).’”

I hope you will have an enjoyable Christmas season of parties, shopping, opening presents, and decorating the tree. And I also hope you receive a gift that will bring a smile to your face and you’ll remember the truth of the season.

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