December 17th Weekly E-votional

I had planned about writing something about Star Wars this week and how it has or hasn’t held up over time, because I’m really excited about the new one coming  out tonight.  Then I read something that touched me in a way I didn’t expect and I wanted to share it with you.

I read an article expecting to laugh a little and maybe be a little shocked.  It was about memorable mall Santa encounters.  Different people wrote in to share their memorable encounters.  Most were from people who had worked as mall Santas and some were from people who went to see Santa.  Some were funny, some were crude, but one really made me think about Christmas.  Reddit user Daytodave wrote:

A friend and I went to ZooLights a few years ago, where the zoo opens at night lit up with Christmas lights, and you can buy hot chocolate + Baileys or apple cider + whiskey and walk around listening to music with the animals. Of course we stood in line to get our picture with Santa.

When our turn came he pulled us in and whispered, “I have had three kids tonight ask me if I can get their dads a job for Christmas. The world is messed up, and you young guys have to do something about it.”

Whenever I make a big decision, I still think about whether I’m being true to my mission from Santa.

Three children had asked Santa to get their unemployed dads jobs for Santa.  He went to these young men and said, “The world is messed up, and you young guys have to do something about it.”  The world is messed up and it’s not going to get any better unless we fix it.

Approximately 2015 years ago, Christ was born and was supposed to usher in an age of peace, love, goodwill, and hope.  If we look around the world, we find these things severely lacking.  Some say that is because when Jesus returns, then his work will be complete.  While I think that is true,I think there is more to that.  I think Jesus changed the world by changing us.  By giving his followers a task.  By giving you and me a task.  The world is a messed up place, and it is up to us to do something about it by sharing God’s love, by spreading joy and goodwill, by working for peace, and by providing hope.

Jesus gave us a mission and at Christmas, and every other time of the year, when we make a decision, we should ask ourselves if we are being true to it.

 

Isaiah 9:6   “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

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