I am grateful for moments of reflection, moments of sadness, moments of quiet, for Mannheim Steamroller’s “Silent Night,” for wishing we were with the girls and their families this week, for missing my Mom and Dad this Christmas, for the sound of jingle bells, for the beauty of falling snow, for the fact that the Savior of the world entered the world as a “nobody” and because of Him, my name is written down in Glory.
I want to see Christ in Christmas this year. I NEED to see Christ in Christmas. That means I need to see Christ…
…in the co-worker who is so inappropriate and crass.
…in the family member who has hurt me to the core.
…in the church member that I think is a hypocrite – and who is the real hypocrite now?
…in the child that has tested my patience to its limit.
…in the neighbor down the street who practices a different religion and comes from a foreign country.
…in the guy holding the cardboard sign all day on the side of the road, whether he’s “legitimate” or not.
…in the politician who is on the other side.
…in the driver who acts like an idiot.
…in the young man who is playing his music loud enough for Baltimore to hear.
…in the young woman who hasn’t learned the meaning of modesty and is searching for attention and affection.
…in the guy standing in line with the foul mouth and horrible attitude.
…in the parents who don’t discipline their children.
That means I need to be a light, I need to show Jesus to this weary world, because I may be the only Jesus they ever see.
Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains He shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
A thrill of hope — the weary world rejoices…
THAT’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. And I am so grateful.