December 6, 2008
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Thanksgiving is over. That's not news, is it?
Christmas shopping has begun. That's not news either. The stores all have their Christmas decorations and lights on display.
These changes have not escaped children who are anxiously waiting in line to visit Santa and offer up their list of things they want, desire, NEED.
A store Santa once told me about one young boy who came to him and demanded, "Santa, I want one of everything you've got." Another youngster topped that request. He said, "I want a rifle, a pistol, a machine gun, a hand grenade, dynamite, and tear gas. I am planning a big surprise for my big brother."
I'm not sure what kind of Christmas that big brother had last year. I hope it wasn't as bad as it sounded.
I do know that the Christmas experience is a terrible experience for a lot of people who hit the ground running as hard as they can right after Thanksgiving.
They get so worn out trying to get the "perfect gifts" that they never have time to think about God's perfect gift, Jesus. Although Santa doesn't bring Him, He remains the Father's present that everybody needs.
We will never outgrow Him; He never wears out, and He will never be replaced by a "new and improved version."
No wonder the store owners don't want their clerks and workers to say, "Jesus is the reason for the season."
Still, He is just that. The Savior who has come to bring peace to troubled minds, hearts, and consciences.
This is why, in the midst of the Christmas rush, I join with Paul in reminding you, "God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in... Christ Jesus."
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for the perfect gift of Your Son. As Christmas approaches, give me the wisdom to slow down and see the Savior as the greatest Gift I will ever need or receive. With a thankful heart, I pray it in Christ's name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries