A Christmas letter from Jesus
An unknown author wrote “A Christmas letter from Jesus.” I hope you find it helpful this Christmas:
“It has come to my attention,” Jesus begins, “that many of you are upset because some are taking my name out of the season … I personally don’t care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate my birth, just get along and love one another!
If it bothers you that governments don’t allow Nativity scenes, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put one on your own lawn. If all my followers did that then there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be so many all-around town. Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were, John 15:1-8. If you want to give me a present in remembrance of my birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:
• Instead of objecting to the way my birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell me all the time.
• Visit someone in a nursing home. You don’t have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.
• Instead of writing to the president complaining about policy or personality, write and tell him that you’ll be praying for him and his family. Then follow up. It will be nice hearing from you again.
• Instead of giving your children gifts you can’t afford and they don’t need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of my birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.
• Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
• Someone in your town will attempt suicide because they feel alone and hopeless. Since you don’t know who, give everyone a warm smile. It could make a difference.
• Instead of being upset with what retailers call the holiday, be patient with the employees. If they aren’t allowed to wish you a “Merry Christmas” that doesn’t mean that you can’t.
Don’t forget; I am God and can take care of myself. Just love me and do what I have told you to do. I’ll take care of the rest. I’ll help you, but the ball is in your court.
And have a blessed Christmas with those you love. Remember — I LOVE YOU. Signed Jesus.”
REV. JOHN MOXEY can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.