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Every year I have this problem: I can’t find some Christmas presents I just know I have purchased.
Maybe I should just wait until the last minute to do my shopping. I thought I’d done better this year by storing presents I bought throughout the year in a big box. But I still keep thinking some of them are missing. Or maybe it’s just my mind I have lost.
Evidently, I’m not alone with this problem, since a drugstore chain television commercial portrays a couple looking all over the house for Christmas gifts. Luckily, this particular drugstore chain is still open, so the dad rushes to it to buy great toys.
Being lost is also a theme found in the Bible. For example, remember the story of the lost sheep? The shepherd hunts until he finds it and brings it back into the fold (Luke 15:1-7). The shepherd represents God, who seeks the lost people of this world.
At Christmas, we think of baby Jesus lying in a manger, being kept safe by His human mother and father. We don’t often consider at Christmas that this baby Jesus came into the world to show a human face for God — and that this Jesus will perform miracles, tell us about God’s principles and demonstrate God’s love for us by dying on a cross and rising again. He did all this so as many of the lost in the world as possible will be saved.
Christmas is a time when we as Christians can show our love for others as well. Many of us gave to the needy this year — at least maybe to our “needy” family members! And some of us wore Christmas shirts with messages such as “Jesus is the reason for the season.”
Our hope, too, is that people in the world will see or experience what Christianity is all about. Let’s not lose this Christmas spirit and purpose as the Christmas season ends and a new year begins. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.