Going the Distance for a Child
The last few weekends Santa has traveled to West Virginia from South Carolina and from the upstate of South Carolina to Beaufort, South Carolina. The mileage for these two trips was near 1,700 miles but, the payoff was seeing a child smile as only they can in the face of Saint Nicholas. A child’s smile can melt even the hardest heart. Recently a story about a four-year-old and a man in his eighties came across my phone. He had recently lost his wife and his zest for life. It was the smile of this small child giving him a reason to live.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Disney Movies 2006) Lucy Miller melts Jack Frost’s heart with a warm bear hug. Posing for photographs with a child I have seen adults looking foolish with babbling words and strange faces to get the toddler to smile.
How Far Did Someone Go For You?
In Luke 15, Jesus faces down the condemnation because he fellowshipped with those the religious rejected. The religious Jews condemned tax collectors who worked for the Roman government collecting taxes and extracted more for their own pockets. Jesus gives them a picture of the shepherd leaving the sheep who were cared for to find the one in danger. A wandering sheep is easy prey for wild animals Such is the loving Shepherd who sought us. Those who know they are sinners cause the heavens to rejoice when we turn our lives around through Christ.
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:4-7 NIV BibleGateway.com
What is the Message For Us?
Over years of pastoral ministry I learned the Great Shepherd’s seeks after the lost sheep and not me. The reason many of us are not looking is we have not learned how to love ourselves. I received a message from a lady asking the very question. After several exchanges I explained our ability to love ourselves comes from understanding who loves me. If he loves me then how can I not love myself and consequently others. Santa reminds children how much they are loved and how can we not be so loving to seek after the lost sheep.
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3
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