Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Celebrating The Season

I hadn't thought of the book in years, but recently I was reminded of Charles Sheldon's novel, In His Steps. It must have been when I was in my late teens or early twenties when I read this novel, one that begins with a homeless man asking the congregation of a church why they aren't taking the teachings of Jesus to heart. Their responses form the basis for the rest of the book.

About sixty years after the publication of the novel, the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) movement was popular. Wristbands with those letters were popular. Books were written, sermons preached. Then, like so many other initiatives, the movement lost traction.

I thought of this when I sat down to write a few checks to organizations that minister to the less fortunate. I didn't do it so I could check off a few items from a list of Christian duties. Rather, it seemed natural to do this as an appropriate way to celebrate the birth of God's greatest gift to mankind. I guess I was thinking to myself, "What would Jesus do?"

As we celebrate the season, I hope each of you takes a moment to consider the magnitude of the event whose anniversary we celebrate. The greatest gift isn't Santa, or presents, or choirs, or parties. Remember that.

Merry Christmas, all.

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