Whether through death or divorce, chronic illness or tragedy, college or the armed services, missions or marriage, families change! And, when we find ourselves amidst such a change or challenge, we ask ourselves, “now what?” You wonder how you will ever sleep at night, look at the empty chair at the dinner table or celebrate the next holiday season.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
The REASON for the SEASON
As the Thanksgiving holiday approached, my 15 year old was intrigued with Black Friday. "What is Black Friday?" "Mom, can we sleep over in front of a store tonight?" She was curious and asked presistently. Finally, I agreed, we would head to Walmart for the 8pm sale. I was not interested in sleeping over anywhere, but in my own bed. However, there were a few items that interested me. So, she and I set out, Thanksgiving night, at 7:45pm. The parking lot was full to the brim. As we walked in the door. There seemed to be a rush of enthusiasm that met us as the automatic doors opened. "Here we go," I said to my cute daughter. We walked around, waited in a couple of lines. Then, at one point, I saw a sign for a new dvd for only $1.99. I thought to myself, "Now there's a gift that is in my budget!" I headed into an enormous crowd of people. I was pushed, shoved and even elbowed in the eye, yet I kept walking towards the SALE. Then, as I approached the almost empty rack, I realized that my height (or lack of) could be to my advantage. So, all 5'2" of me knelt to the ground and I extended my hand to grab as many movies as I could hold. With my arm outstretched, I was overwhelmed with a feeling............................All of sudden I was taken back to the times of Christ. I pictured a crowd, much like the one I was in. And, I was the women who had the "issue of blood". For 12 years she had suffered and spent all that she had seeing physicians. Then, in the crowd of all crowds, she reached out her hand to touch the hem of her Savior, even Jesus Christ. Knowing, that if she could only touch his garment, she would be healed. I felt chilled as I realized for what I was reaching? I was reaching for what the world calls Christmas. I was frozen for a moment, then grateful that the true meaning of Christmas was taught to me that night, in a crowd, not by the caos or the myriad of shoppers, but by the Spirit. I realized that Christmas was that simple---we need only touch the hem of that baby Savior born that night in Bethlehem. We can touch His hem by reaching out to others in service, by serving in our families, and by lifting the hands that hang down in His honor--------- That is the REASON for the SEASON!!