Have you ever watched, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”? The Jim Carrey one is my favorite version. In one of the first scenes, Cindy Lou Who and her father are seen in a jam-packed store and as he is naming off all of the people they’re buying gifts for, Cindy sheepishly asks, “Dad, doesn’t this seem like a bit much?” She waits for answer that will hopefully enlighten her family and instead he responds, “What do you mean? This is what Christmas is all about!” A fleeting moment in a kids movie gently exposes the mentality of our society that echoes the Who’s down in Whoville. It’s so easy to think that Christmas is the best time of year because it is when we get the best gifts. However, I fear that we easily forget how we’ve already been given the best gift ever on that first Christmas!
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (LUKE 2:11-12)
When Christ came into this world as an infant, it set forth the plan that 33 years later He would die on a cross for you and I. No one can give a gift so great as that and if we’re not careful, we’ll begin to believe that the physical gifts we receive are more important than the gift we’ve already received through Christ! But can I challenge you with a thought? This season is about far more than giving or receiving presents. It’s about spending time with the ones you love, giving thanks for what you have, and most of all it’s about celebrating that God so loved the world that he sent his son!
Things will break, go out of style, or disappear in no time but, memories together, adventures, and time spent with one another will last a lifetime. What’s more, Jesus invites us to enjoy eternity!
“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!” – Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Written by: Rachel Kloes, Assistant Pastor
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