Merry Christmas to all my friends and readers. I hope it has been a good year for you and I wish you an even better year. This time of year always brings a lot to the mind. One tends to think of friends that he has not seen from last year and friends that he has not seen for years. You send them Christmas cards and hope to receive one in return.
Children are all excited about Santa Claus and receiving and giving gifts. My prayer for you and your children is that they do not neglect the true meaning of Christmas and get used to Christmas marketing. You see that the reason for this season is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whose birthday we are celebrating during this season. It's about God's love for the human race. The fact that He gave His only begotten Son as a sacrifice for our sins so that we could become His adopted sons. This time of year, in particular, we must focus on giving ourselves and our love for others, selflessly and unconditionally. We must show his love to others through us. It's in a nutshell. I want to share a little story with you that I have received from a friend by e – mail the other day that expresses the idea of giving to others through a small child.
Maybe God had something to do with that
Sometimes we forget the really important things in life.
It's a good story and a good lesson about life …
Last week, I took my grandchildren to a restaurant. My six year old grandson asked me if he could say thanks.
Thank you for the food, and I would thank you even more if Nana brings us ice cream for dessert.
With the laughs of other guests nearby, I heard a woman say, "That's what's wrong with this country."
I've got it held and I assured him that he had done a great job. So, an old gentleman approached the table, he winked at my grandson and said, "I know God thought it was a great prayer." "Really?" asked my grandson. Cross my heart, replied the man, then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating to the woman who had commented on it all): Too bad that she never asked God for the cream ice. Naturally, I bought my ice cream at grandchildren at the end of the meal.
My grandson stared for a moment, then did something I will remember for the rest of my life. He picked up his sundae and, without a word, approached and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile, he says to her, "Here it is for you, the ice cream is good for the soul sometimes, and my soul is already good.
I love this story and I am sure that they bought his grandson another sundae.
Well, that's what Christmas is about. It's not about getting everything you can get, but giving everything you can give to others, especially love. So I hope you will give and will receive a lot of love from all your friends and relatives for this Christmas time and please teach this to your children so that they know that Christmas. It's not a question of Santa Claus but rather a little baby swaddled in a manger and that God loves and saves the grace that Jesus' birth brought into this world.