My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you feel the love of Christ dwelling richly within you today? When you show mercy to others, did you know you show it to Christ? Merry Christmas, and may the coming New Year give you opportunity to celebrate Christmas every day!
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
That Christmas may remain in your heart this week and in the days to come, allow me to share another story and together, we will remember the love of Christmas.
Here’s a story from Nancy Gibbs: "On a cold winter morning in the late 1930’s Bobby awoke early. It was a day that Bobby would never forget. Bobby his mother and his three younger brothers, were once again abandoned by Bobby’s father. When times got hard, he often left. He couldn’t handle the responsibility of a hungry family. So Bobby put on the warmest clothes he had. He pulled on an old pair of socks and placed cardboard in his worn-out shoes. Bobby hit the roads looking for work. He was a strong child and had worked many times before. His goal was to earn enough money to purchase food for the day along with a few cans of vegetables for Christmas dinner.
A few blocks from home, Bobby came across some men working on the side of the road. “Can I help?” Bobby inquired. “Sure,” and tossed him a shovel. He worked hard for hours until the rain and sleet pounded down. "Here's your money," one of the men shouted, as he tossed him a few coins. "Go home and get dry." Bobby ran to the nearest grocery store and used the money to buy as much food as he could. His socks were soaking wet. His feet were numb. While holding a small bag of groceries, Bobby stopped to adjust the cardboard in his shoes. A man in uniform, a representative from The Salvation Army, witnessed Bobby’s distress. “Hey son,” he said. “Are those the only shoes you have?” “Yes sir,” Bobby confessed. He took Bobby and bought him a brand new pair of shoes and Bobby danced and skipped all the way home.
You see, Bobby was my Dad and he told me this story. Later he joined the Navy and continued to send money home as support as well as for the Salvation Army, hoping that another little boy somewhere might get a new pair of shoes for Christmas. The tradition lasted until he passed away six years ago. While the new shoes kept his feet warm in the 1930’s, his act of giving back for decades warmed his heart even more. Each time I drop money in a Red Kettle, I remember my Daddy and his first new pair of shoes; then I count it as a blessing to be able to give. In my mind's eye, I can see a child somewhere, dancing, skipping and wearing a new pair of shoes – and my heart is warmed, as well. (Nancy Gibbs)
May the love of Christ dwell richly within you today; and remember, as we show mercy to others, we show it to Christ. Merry Christmas and may the coming New Year give you opportunity to celebrate Christmas every day!
We pray. In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Whether you’ve just walked through the greatest year of your life, or are incredibly glad to see this one finally over, one truth still rings clear amidst it all. You are not alone. Not ever. Our God is a “with us" God. On the heels of the celebration of the birth of our King, that reminder has the power to carry us right into a fresh, new start. He is Immanuel, God with us. And though things and people around us shift and change, our God never changes. In Jesus name. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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