Christmas Is Not Just a Celebration (Noon)
FOOD FOR THE SOUL
1 John 3:11-18
1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
Once upon a time, there lived a watchmaker named Herman in Germany. In the small town where he lived, there was only 1 church. In front of the altar are a statue of Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus in her arms. Every Christmas, congregants compete to bring the most beautiful gifts to present. It is said that if the gift brought pleased Jesus’ heart, the statue of the baby Jesus would reach out to receive the gift offering. He had a great longing to give the best gift for baby Jesus. For decades he made the most beautiful wall clocks. After that hour finally finished, Herman couldn’t wait for Christmas to give him this special gift.
Christmas day arrived. Early in the morning, Herman prepared the clock with great enthusiasm and joy. But suddenly a friend came. She desperately needed help because her husband had an accident and she didn’t have any money. Herman took some of his watches and took them to the pawnshop. But the pawnshop owner refused. He knew that Herman had a very beautiful wall clock. He would give Herman 1000 dollars if Herman sold the watch. With a heavy heart, Herman finally gave up his work to be sold. He walked languidly toward the church. He was sad that he had nothing to bring as a gift apart from an apple she was carrying. He brought the apple to the altar, bowing his head. He heard the loud voice of the congregation, “Miracle! What a miracle!” He raised his head and was shocked seeing the statue of the baby Jesus reaching out to receive an apple from him.
From the Christmas fairy tale above, we can pick a very meaningful message. Christmas is not just a celebration party, but how we can become better human beings and care for others. Not only in words, but we love in deeds and truth. Our church has a vision of “Love God, Love People, With Passion” (Matt. 22: 37-39). Our social department has been a great blessing for many people. This Christmas moment is the perfect time to show in action. Show our love to God and our neighbors with all our hearts so that more people can feel the warmth of Christmas through our lives.
Christmas is not just a celebration, but it’s about HOW WE BECOME A BETTER PERSON and CARE FOR PEOPLE.
1. How much do you CARE FOR others?
2. Why does God want you to CARE FOR others?
3. What steps can you take to show that you CARE FOR others?
“God, thank you for reminding us to care more about the people around us. Through this Christmas moment, we will please You more. We can share the warmth of Christmas with those around us. So that many people can get to know You. . In the name of the Lord Jesus we pray. Amen.”