I recently went to a play called “Juanito Bandito's Christmas Carol.” Although the majority of the experience was comedy, there was a part at the end that struck me meaningfully. The “villain” gets a present from Santa at the end and you see the shock on his face. He then says, “but I don't deserve it.”
Santa's elf replies, “you're right, you don't. But he gave it anyway.”
I couldn't help but think of the symbolism of Santa's kindness and the grace of my Savior Jesus Christ. Although my children have had their naughty moments, and they are no where near perfect, they will still wake up in the morning to the magic of Christmas morning. Santa's pretty nice. We love our kids no matter how crazy they may be at times.
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As a human race we all have our weaknesses and we all mess up. But Christ gave a gift to each and every one of us anyway. Whether we feel we deserve it or not, he still gave his life for each and every one of us. And he did it with a perfect love.
At the end of the play, the theme became “No Matter Where You Have Been, Let this be the Christmas That You Begin.”
And that's my challenge to each of you. My blog is not religious in general, but I couldn't let Christmas pass me by without sharing a little piece of my heart this Christmas.
No matter where you have been in life, or whether or not you consider yourself “religious,” I challenge you to spend just 5 minutes this Christmas with that sweet baby Jesus and let Him warm your soul. You don't have to know how to pray, and you don't have to be eloquent in your thoughts. Just sit quietly, and like a fire, let His Spirit warm you. Turn your thoughts to Him and let Him do the rest. Maybe in that moment you will feel inspired to do something different this next year, or maybe you just need to feel loved. Whatever it is, let it be YOUR moment.