Archive for December, 2011

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)

This weekend families will gather together to enjoy each other’s company, eat good food, and exchange gifts. Many families will observe long held traditions. Some will read the Christmas story together from Luke 2. Some will join with their church families Sunday morning to worship together and celebrate the birth of the One who came to save us.

Think about that for just a minute, “the One who came to save us”.

Christmas is a time of busyness, giving, fun, and joy. At least it should be a time of joy; unfortunately sometimes the busyness tends to crowd out the joy, if we let it. The joy of Christmas is found in the giving, in the lights and decorations, in the movies and stories told over again every year, in family, and especially in pondering the fact that what we celebrate is that One came to save us. At the end of the Christmas story in Luke 2 it says that “Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)

As Mary held her Son she thought about all that had happened and all that it meant. She no doubt remembered the announcement from the angel that she would carry God’s Son, the moment Joseph came to her and told her that he too had received a message from an angel and that they would raise God’s Son together, these shepherds who had also received a message from an angel and left their flocks and come from a distance to worship her Son who is the Christ, the Messiah, the Lord, God Himself born as a baby.

She pondered these things.

Take some time this Christmas to simply be still before God and think on what it means that He would give up the glory of heaven to become one of us for the sole purpose of offering Himself as a sacrifice for our sin. A Savior was born, unto you, and unto me.

Merry Christmas

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Something In Common

Posted: December 15, 2011 in QT's
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Some things, like having some basic knowledge and wisdom or being kind to and thoughtful of others is considered to be common among most people. We even give this idea names like “common sense” and “common courtesy”, respectively.  There is an expression that goes, “common sense is not so common”? That is unfortunately very true; the same could also be said about “common courtesy”.

I posted on Facebook this morning about an event that falls into this category and have received a few likes and comments on the matter so that got me thinking even more on the subject. Here’s what happened:

 I had just dropped two of my kids off at their school and as I was attempting to leave the parking lot another parent pulled up beside me far enough to see around me, which of course blocked my view of traffic coming from his/her direction and, seeing there was no traffic coming from my direction, pulled out and further blocked my view. This naturally forced me to have to wait until I could see what was coming from that direction before I could judge whether or not it was safe for me to pull out. By that time there was traffic coming from my direction. Meanwhile vehicles are gathering behind me and more are pulling up beside me as well.

This probably describes a very typical event for most of us. It’s just life. We’re all in a hurry and if we’re honest, a little impatient (two more things that are common, maybe someone should coin a phrase). Anyway, this is a particular pet peeve of mine and as such I try to make it a point to allow any vehicle that was there before me to have a clear view of oncoming traffic before I pull up and block their view. I’m sure I have been guilty of the offense at times but I do try.

Okay, so my post was written as a letter addressed to this person explaining that what they did was rude, just a lighthearted way to vent and hopefully encourage people not to be “that guy.” It evidently resonated with a few people and so I received some responses that made me continue to think on the subject and my mind went to Phil. 2:4 which says, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others”(NKJV). Then I read (through my regular daily reading) in Deuteronomy 22 in which God instructs His people to not ignore a neighbors ox or sheep or donkey that has gotten loose, or even a garment that someone has lost, but to take responsibility for their neighbor’s property and take care of it until they come to claim it. Sounds a lot like “common courtesy” to me and God seems to be concerned about it. In Phil. 2:3 we are told to esteem others more highly than ourselves. In Luke 6:31 Jesus says, “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise” (NKJV). There are many other passages along these lines that I could quote but I think you get the point.

I wonder how much joy, peace, and contentment we miss out on in our lives simply by not paying attention to the simple things that God has commanded us to do. A little kindness goes a long ways, both ways. Let’s all try to show a little more kindness to others, especially during this Christmas season, and enjoy the blessings that come from simply doing what God says.

Merry Christmas