A Christmas Story
By Judy Davis –
Christmas, what a wonderful time of the year! I’ll never forget the memories of our grandchildren celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Each Christmas Eve I baked a cake and lit a candle as we all sang Happy Birthday to Jesus. After we finished singing, I would read the Christmas Story.
As I read the Christmas story once again, I was captivated by the simple words that there was no room in the inn. On the morning our Lord was born, there was no room for Him. In many lives today, there is still no room for Him.
Billy Graham stated in his message Christmas: God with Us, “that many cynics will blame God for the troubles of the world. We should blame ourselves. We have a spiritual disease, and that disease is called sin. Until sin is conquered, the world will not be a better place in which to live.”
Christmas is more than tinsel and lights. It is more than gifts under the tree. Christmas is a time to experience the touch of Christ, to have our needs met and help meet the needs of others.
When our younger grandchildren Connor and Noah visit us during the holiday season, we always have a joyful time of celebration.
I’ll never forget the Christmas Connor started to open a present when he saw my little olive-wood manger scene I had purchased in Bethlehem. He slowly picked up Baby Jesus, then the manger, a donkey, and a camel, holding them in his tiny hand. He laid down his new gifts that were still wrapped and started playing with Baby Jesus.
It was not long when he ran to me and said, “Nana, where is Baby Jesus? I can’t find baby Jesus…” and we both got down on our hands and knees looking for him under the rug, the sofa, the table. Finally Connor saw the little replica of Baby Jesus. “I found him, I found him,” squeaked Connor. It was at that moment I thought of the verse, “Suffer not the little children to come unto me….”
As we prepare our homes for this festive holiday let us also prepare our heart. Make room for Christ in Christmas.
When the holidays seem hectic with all the shopping, gift-wrapping, decorating, baking, addressing Christmas cards, and cleaning house, take time to plan. Start early with a list. If you do, you can get ahead and be ready to enjoy this most wonderful time of the year.
With all the bad news surrounding us, when the festive holiday seems too stressful and you start feeling down, look up. Celebrate! The joy of Christmas begins in the manger as the story of Christ’s birth unfolds.
Believe in the Savior, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).