From the Pastor's Desk
In the Shannon house there are two different opinions about the Christmas Season. There are some who live in my house who get a little too excited and enthused about Christmas. Those in this camp love everything about Christmas, trees, decorations and Christmas music.
Then there are some, okay one (me), who would be overjoyed if we could put up all the Christmas stuff on Christmas Eve and take it all down on Christmas Day! One camp is overjoyed about Christmas, and the other one (me) is overjoyed when Christmas is over and the last Christmas song is played.
I find it a little ironic that God allowed me, Mr. Grinch, to marry the Christmas Queen, Nissa. Honestly, I’m probably a bigger Mr. Grinch to aggravate the Christmas Queen a little more.
So how did I get the way I am? Good question. There is no big sob story of horrible things that happened to me in the past. So, why am I the way I am then?
Maybe it’s because Christmas has been hijacked by the world. Maybe it’s because stores start putting out Christmas stuff in September. Or it could be the sound of Christmas music starts way too early.
It may be the fact so many stores are now calling a Christmas tree a Holiday tree. Or it could be most businesses require their employees to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.
Another reason could be the fact so many people worry about finding the right gift to give to everyone except Jesus. After all, aren’t we supposed to be celebrating Jesus’ birthday? Don’t you find it strange that we get everyone a gift except Jesus?
What kind of gift would a person give to Jesus anyway? I’ve got an idea. The perfect gift for Jesus is to give Him your whole heart.
Micah 6:6-8 (NLT) What can we bring to the Lord? Should we bring him burnt offerings? Should we bow before God Most High with offerings of yearling calves? 7 Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins? 8 No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
All Jesus wants for Christmas is YOU!
In His Great Love