Pastor's Corner
A Gift at Christmas

    “Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding, for her income is better than silver, and her revenue better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. …She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called happy.  The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew.” Proverbs 3



Merry Christmas.  We remember all God’s blessings at this time of year, with an eye towards the greatest blessing of all: Jesus Christ.  With His birth, we were freed from the guilt and condemnation of our sins and blessed with the hope of eternal life.
     No more living under the shadow of death.  No more worrying day after day after day about what comes next.  “Do not be anxious about life…” says Christ in Matthew 6.
     What a grand gift.  The greatest gift of all.
     But God gives to you another gift; one that often is overlooked as the vigor of youth gives way to the aches, pains and added poundage of growing old.  This may be the greatest earthly gift of all; that of wisdom.
     Solomon wrote that wisdom is a “tree of life to those who lay hold of her,” and he was right. 
     Take Ebenezer Scrooge, for example.  Throughout his life he sought but two things: money and power.  And by ignoring all the other wonderful things life has to offer, and focusing solely upon these two things, he built up quite a fortune.
     Just like so many silly folks today.  Feels good for the short term.  The cars, the houses, the cruises… wow, aren’t they great!  But temptation can take those pleasures and make them the center of life.
     And then, like Scrooge, one finds oneself old, bitter and friendless, cursing God for not keeping him young, vigorous and even wealthier.
     Thankfully, for Scrooge, Christmas Eve brought a host of visitors and in the process a hefty dose of wisdom.  And when Ebenezer finally wised up, he realized the value of family, friends, love… and Christ.
     He saw the future and it was bleak: no love, no warmth, no laughter, no children, no friends and no Christ!  Oh, but there was certainly gobs and gobs of cold, hard riches… enough to buy a wonderful plot in a cemetery and erect a grand headstone.
     It is with this vision that he became wise in the way of the Lord and began the journey to true happiness and joy.  He made the solemn vow to change his life and exclaimed in true delight, “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year!”
     What does all this have to do with us?  Plenty!  Christ wasn’t born just to make the bells jingle at Christmas.  Christmas is a truth every day of every year, and we would be wise to follow Scrooge and honor it in our heart, keeping it all of the year.
     This is true in every event that happens in life:
“I’m feeling down today… but CHRIST WAS BORN FOR ME!”
“Dadgummit, I forgot to water the lawn… but CHRIST WAS BORN FOR ME!”
“He shouldn’t have said that… but CHRIST WAS BORN FOR ME!”
“I wish I could smell Momma’s cooking… but CHRIST WAS BORN FOR ME!”
“There’s just not enough time in the day… but CHRIST WAS BORN FOR ME!”
“…..(insert your complaint here)……but CHRIST WAS BORN FOR ME!
     There now, that’s the wisdom of Scrooge taking ahold of your heart.  It is a great day.  Jesus Christ is come!  And He is come every day of our lives.  Be wise; keep Christmas in your heart as long as you live!

                                                                                                             Yours in Christ,                                                                                                                                                                                      Pastor John