12-28-18 Lifelines: The gift goes on ...

By BETTIE MARLOWE
Posted 12/26/18

Christmas is over.

Wrong. The celebration of Christ is just continuing – from the past, through the present and on to the future. Sure, the trappings of the holiday celebration may be in the …

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12-28-18 Lifelines: The gift goes on ...

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Christmas is over.
Wrong. The celebration of Christ is just continuing – from the past, through the present and on to the future. Sure, the trappings of the holiday celebration may be in the trash, but the gift lives on … and on … and on if you have received the present of God’s love.
Once a little boy saw a book bag in a store window. He thought about it for days and he thought, “I sure would love to have that to carry my books to school.” He knew his parents didn’t have money to spend on Christmas gifts, because this year had been hard, but “maybe someone will get for me,” he hoped. He did have an uncle who could.
When Christmas morning came, he saw two packages waiting on him to open. One from his uncle was beautifully wrapped in red and tied with a big gold ribbon. His heart leaped. That had to be it! But when he opened the box, it only contained a coloring book and lots of crumpled paper.
He turned his attention to the other gift which was in a brown paper bag – no gold ribbon – no colorful wrapping paper. But when he opened the bag, he let out a cry of joy. It was the book bag he had longed for.
His dad had seen him standing in front of the store window several times as his son longed for the book bag. Through the days, he had done without lunch to save enough money for the book bag, but he couldn’t wrap it appropriately. That did not diminish the joy for his son.
Don’t let the “wrapping paper” be more important than the gift. We are prone to give more attention to traditions and customs than we do to the “Gift.” These things may not be wrong in the celebration of Christmas, but when they are over and gone, be sure you keep the “Gift” in the place of most importance.
The decorations will be packed away, the cards will be tucked into a box probably, sales at the stores will be promoted and the trash cans will overflow with throw-away paper and boxes. But our hearts can still be filled with joy and gladness, because one night more than 2,000 years ago, Christ came to this earth and the Gift is still with us.
Luke 2:14: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

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