My mom sent me an e-mail today that has struck a chord…the woman e-mails me constantly because she refuses to add texting to her phone plan…I guess having my 17 year old brother still on their plan has something to do with it. Ugh mom! :-)
The subject line says “its no fun judging people anymore…damn.” I was a bit confused, obviously, but the following message cleared it all up. Oh I get it…you’re being sarcastic!!! HA, you wonder why I’m so good at it…here’s the message…
A letter written as though from Jesus’ perspective about Christmas–
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 put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that 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 my father who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15:1-8.
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 protest 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 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.
4 Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
5. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they 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.
6. Instead of nit picking 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.
7. Here’s a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no “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 and they will make the delivery for you.
8. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don’t do things in secret that you wouldn’t do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of Mine.
Don’t forget; I am Lord and can take care of Myself. Just love Me. I’ll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I’ll 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 just had the conversation with my husband that I really didn’t want to get the kids a lot this year. Mostly because I am SICK and TIRED of picking up Barbie shoes, My Little Pony crap, mounds of dress up clothes, and keeping track of all the plastic food and dishes. Oh of course they help me but lets be honest, at 4 and 5 they’re more likely to sit and play with the shit than they are to put it away.
Story of my life ;-)
SO…the plan for this Christmas…encourage them to think of others, teach them to be thankful for all that they DO have, and empower them to be the best little people they can be because at the end of the day thats all that matters. Keep love, empathy, and forgiveness in their hearts along with courage, peace, and thoughtfulness.
And to teach these things I have to take them on myself. And thats sometimes the hardest part.
Happy Wednesday everyone!!