Pastor’s Ponderings: By Being Born, He Let Love Into the World

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

The following devotional was submitted by Pastor Jim on December 18…

Greetings Friends;

PLEASE READ: John 1:1-5, 10-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it….

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (NIV).

 

I’m sure everyone of you on the receiving end of this email is very busy with last minute Christmas preparations. Sometimes the pace we keep leading to Christmas Day can distract us from valuable spiritual lessons God has for us along the journey. As we continue preparing for the coming of Jesus into the world at that first Christmas, let’s pause to reflect on the scripture above and this story below.

About 20 years ago, a 13 year old eighth grader from Mechanicsburgh, Pennsylvania, wanted to do her part for Jesus at Christmas. Without informing her parents, she addressed a letter to Jesus in care of the local post office. The letter eventually landed on the desk of Donald L. Orner, a 62 year old director of customer services at the postal center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Orner was an active member of a Presbyterian Church. He opened the letter which read,

“Dear friend, I am 13 years old. And you must think I’m weird for writing a letter to Jesus when everyone knows it wouldn’t get anywhere. But I wanted to give you a message. Every Christmas all people think about is getting presents. But that’s not the reason at all. I think Christmas means getting all your friends together and having a good time because Jesus is born, and that’s just the beginning of all the beautiful things He did for us. By being born He let love into the world…”

Friends, that 13 year old girl has a great deal of wisdom. Christmas is “just the beginning,” not an end within itself. Just as Jesus brought love into the world, He also brought peace, He brought joy, and that results in Hope. HOPE for all who will receive. HOPE which will last and remain with us even after the tree is down and the decorations have been put away. Once again at Christmas 2014, God is offering the precious gift of His Son to you and to me. Are we willing to accept it? Are you willing to receive Him?

Shalom,

Pastor Jim

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