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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Letter from Jesus about Christmas

In the midst of this beautiful season that we as believers hold so near and dear to our hearts, I came across this email by an unknown author that I want to share with all of you. It's worth a read...

Letter from Jesus about Christmas:

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking my name out of the season. How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don’t care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate my birth, just get along and love one another.

Now, having said that, let me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t allow a scene depicting my birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all my followers did that there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.
Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15:1-8.

If you want to give me a present in remembrance of my birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

• Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way my birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell me all the time.

• Visit someone in a nursing home. You don’t have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

• Instead of writing the president complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don’t you write and tell him that you’ll be praying for him and his family this year.

• Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can’t afford and they don’t need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of my birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms, and remind them that I love them.

• Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

• Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don’t know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.

• Instead of nit-picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren’t allowed to wish you a “Merry Christmas” that doesn’t keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn’t make so much money on that day they’d close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families.

• If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary — especially one who takes my love and good news to those who have never heard my name.

• There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no “Christmas” tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don’t know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul or some other charity which believes in me and they will make the delivery for you.

• Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to me, then behave like a Christian. Don’t do things in secret that you wouldn’t do in my presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

Don’t forget; I am God and can take care of myself. Just love me and do what I have told you to do. I’ll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I’ll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember:

I love you,


Little Lotte said...

What a beautiful letter =) That really opened my eyes to how people are reacting to the whole thing...I'll be sending this out to my family if that's ok!

Aileen said...

Dear Pastor,

This is a lovely letter form our precious Lord. Thank you for posting it!

I also wanted to comment on Pastor Shawn's sermon I saw this morning on line. I was not able to go to church this past Sunday but did not miss your beautiful Christmas Sermon, as always it was a blessed Christmas celebrating the birth and remembering the gift he gave us when he gave his life for us.

Pastor Shawn's sermon I saw earlier today was beautiful and really touched me, I hope the too sees this!


RGG said...

Thanks Brother Dudley,I loved your commentary. My husband and I decided 2 years ago to change for the better how we Honor the Savior on the celebration of His birth.We put up a beautiful Nativity set in our home. We did visit the sick, and give gifts to many of our friends in need. We didn't buy lavish gifts for each other. We have committed ours selves to "abiding in Him".This is an every day committment for us
John 15:4-5
4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5I am the (true)vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.