Monday, December 7, 2009

A Christmas Letter from Jesus

My friends,
I just received this letter in an email this morning. My first thought was to put it on my blog to share it with all of you. It is a long read, but I think it is worth the time. When I finish posting this, I am going down the basement to dig out an extra Nativity set and Manger that I have, and I am going to put it on a little table on my front porch. After you read this, you will know why.

A Christmas Letter from Jesus

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Now, having said that, let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did this, there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them 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.

If you want to give me a present in remembrance of My birth, here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

1. Instead of writing personal letters 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.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of 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.

5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because the feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile - it could make the difference.

7. Instead of nitpicking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas", that doesn't keep you from wishing them one.

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary - especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.

9. Here is a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who won't have a "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity that believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Let people know by your actions that you are one of Mine.

Don't forget - I am God and I can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I will take care of the rest. Check out the list above and get to work. Time is short. I will help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember.

I love you.


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

This is absolutely perfect, and I agree with it 100%.
It is not all the *stuff*, it is the message, the joy, the caring and love that makes the holiday a Holy Day.
For everyone.
I have to send this on to one of my friends....


Diva Kreszl said...

I have seen this before but it was wonderful to read it again! Thanks for sharing

Marlene said...

So happy that you chose to share this. Bless you and your family this Christmas season.

readingsully2 said...

Thank you for posting this. It is a great reminder. :)