Thursday, December 11, 2014

Don't Forget the Birthday Boy!

In B.C.'s Christmas edition, the gang was gathered around a piano singing Christmas songs: "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Jingle Bells," "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas," "Deck the Halls," Frosty the Snowman," etc.

All of a sudden, there was a loud shout from Gronk. "You dummies forgot the birthday boy!"

In total shock, everyone stopped, and the Christmas star appeared shining in the sky.

That reminds me of the time my granddaughter, Sophia, who was then in high school, used a creche to tell the Christmas story to a large group of families in her church. She called young helpers to the front, handed them figurines of Mary, Joseph, the donkey, the shepherds, and the wise men, and instructed them to carry the figurines to various places in the sanctuary.

As Sophia told the story of Jesus' birth, each helper brought his or her figurine to the stable at the designated time in the narration. When all the were in their places, Sophia began to conclude.

Suddenly, she exclaimed, "I forgot Baby Jesus!"

Then, without missing a beat, she added, "Many people forget Jesus in all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. Don't forget Jesus this year."

I thought she had planned it that way, until she told me later that she really had nearly forgotten the Baby Jesus.

The truth is, most people today do forget the reason for the season. Ecclesiastes 12:1 cautions, "Don't let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old" (NLT).

This year, in your excitement at Christmas and every day yet to come, don't forget your Creator who sent His only uniquely begotten Son into this world to be your Savior. Don't wait until you are old. If you wait, your heart can become hardened to spiritual things. Make Christ the center of your life this Christmas season and every day.

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