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Everlasting Love Goes the Distance

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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Santa Calls Out For Peace In a World of Strife

Christmas Carols of the Past

Listing to Pandora today I was amazed at the references to LORD, JESUS, GOD, and the what Jesus brings.  One name for Christ in the book of Isaiah is Prince of Peace. Imagine the fearful shepherds in the presence of God’s angel. The angel is quick saying don’t fear.  God”s peace is not the cessation of war but a restored relationship between two people–God and man. Many translate the pronouncement of the angel as “good will to all men.”  The Greek says “peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (NIV Zondervan 1984)  Peace comes to those whom his favor rests because our relationship is restored by Jesus Christ.

Peace during a contentious political season seems impossible.  People harming others in the name of their political candidate.  The name-calling, throwing of eggs, and physical contact reminds how far mankind has fallen.  Even computer programs have come to make judgments.  (My grammar program just showed me somewhere in the course of this discussion I have said something politically incorrect or offensive language.)

Christmas Carols of Today

In our culture speaking about Jesus, using his name, praying, worshipping, and acts done in the name of Christ is dangerous. The offensive, myopic, narrow-minded, or homophobic speech will not be tolerated, even though their speech is offensive.  It has even affected the music sung by children in schools, malls, and other public venues.  Adults feed the message we must be inclusive and so our Christian gospel judges people instead of bringing them together. So malls and other public places restrict the singing by choirs to secular music during the Christmas season. The music overhead no longer includes such songs as “God rest ye merry gentlemen”.  If you ever hear the song by Gene Autry “Here Come Santa Claus”, he speaks about God, say your prayers, and peace on earth will come to all if we just follow the Light.

Peace is removed from Christmas–the day we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace.

The world struggles for peace and but we have taken out the one who brings peace. We see hurting people with addictions; the insults of others; joblessness; and poverty. The Day has become a massive marketing event.and we call the day after Thanksgiving Black Friday as people madly rush the doors to get the best deals.  Christmas day many are grateful it is over and they can begin their normal hectic routine.

From the Word of God:

If it is possible as far as it depends on you live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18

 

Let us make every effort to live at peace with others and we may find the very peace we need. 

Saint Nicholas