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Let's all have a good Christmas
Norma and I usually walk in the Maplewood Mall in the mornings. Many senior citizens generally walk, have coffee and often some other goodies each morning. Black Friday was different. Norma did not go. She said that there would be too many shoppers. I went about 7:30 a.m. Only about six senior walkers were on the floor making the rounds. No doubt many of the shoppers were there buying gifts for someone. It is fun to give gifts.
Christmas trees are being set up and decorated. Most of us like to see a lighted star on the top. Gifts, Christmas trees, stars and all make Christmas a very special time of the year. It can be fun to research how some of these practices came into being. Many of them had some Spiritual roots. The Wisemen followed the star to Bethlehem. They probably came all the way from present day Iraq or western Iran. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These were expensive and meaningful gifts (Matthew 2:10, 11). None of this could have happened if the Virgin Mary had not said yes to God.
Now, for many and perhaps most people, Christmas is simply a gift giving time of celebration. For the typical retail outlet it is "commercial season number one." Actually for many people Friday after Thanksgiving is "Black Friday" and "Red Ink" day. This Christmas would be a good time to practice some readjustments. None of us need be disappointed if we put first things first.
Wisemen brought good gifts to Jesus at His birth. God brought a much better gift for the Wisemen and for all of us. God gave the greatest gift of all when He sent His Son, Christ the Lord, for all of us. What is the best gift that we can give in return? We can all come to Him, receive His forgiveness and accept Him into our hearts and lives. We can then give Him all of ourselves. This includes all that we are and have. These are also gifts from God.
Yes, we can all have a good and great Christmas. Then we will be on our way to heaven for all eternity with Jesus.
For the 2012 Club, Dec. 16 takes us to Amos 9 and Revelation 7.
Yes, we are coming to the end of December, 2012. If we finish reading God's book it will be an even better Christmas and year.
Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.