Beware a counterfeit Christmas


Christmas is upon us and if we’re not careful it will come and go and we will have missed it. Here is this week’s story …

Sometimes we can get so bogged down with the daily demands of living life that we forget to enjoy life. This seems to occur even more so at Christmas time. Sure, some of us might slow down long enough to belt out “Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer” but there’s no way we’ll do door-to-door Christmas caroling in our neighborhood. Why? Because …“Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That!”

I am one of those busy people I’m referring to in this story. And had it not been for my grandchildren … I might have missed this Christmas. For you see, since December 5th in addition to the usual daily stuff I deal with, I’ve also had to cope with an unexpected and very disruptive “rubber meets the road” situation. As I write this, there are no signs of the rubber easing up (of the situation improving) any time soon. Yet, I now have peace of mind and hope about this “situation” and a big reason for it is because my grandchildren invited me to their school’s Christmas play. It was like this …

My grandchildren attend Spirit of Life Christian Academy (SLCA) in Clinton. This past Sunday night the school’s students performed “A Christmas Journey” and of course I attended because both my grandchildren were participating in the program. So I arrived at Spirit of Life Church and took a seat about ten rows from the front. I wasn’t really in a Christmas program/play mood if you know what I mean. Actually I wasn’t in the mood for much of anything because I was still preoccupied with my “situation”. But then the program started and the students began delivering their lines and as the plot played out I got caught up in the story. The names of the main characters were Christmas, Joy, Hope, Mercy, Doubt, Generosity, Peace and Love. I could go on and on about the storyline … but suffice it to say that Jesus is the true meaning of Christmas. And in Jesus we are given Joy, Hope, Mercy, Generosity, Peace and Love.

A counterfeit Christmas is what we observe and celebrate when we’re more interested in the shopping, the parties, the gifts, the glitz and glitter, the lights and decorations than we are in “Jesus, The Gift”. A “counterfeit” Christmas can never satisfy a person’s soul. Yet, if we’ll be honest with ourselves I believe we would find that that’s exactly what most of us are celebrating, a counterfeit Christmas. I’ve done this myself in years past and had I not seen SOLC’s Christmas program I might would have done it again this Christmas. And as a result I would have ended up feeling empty on the inside. For no gift … not even the most costly of gifts … can ever satisfy that part of us that yearns for Jesus.

I’ve Got the Joy

I have the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart,

Down in my heart, down in my heart.

I have the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart,

Down in my heart to stay!

I have the love of Jesus, love of Jesus, down in my heart,

Down in my heart, down in my heart.

I have the love of Jesus, love of Jesus, down in my heart,

Down in my heart to stay!

I have the peace that passes understanding down in my heart,

Down in my heart, down in my heart.

I have the peace that passes understanding down in my heart,

Down in my heart to stay!

For there is therefore now no condemnation down in my heart

Down in my heart, down in my heart.

For there is therefore now no condemnation down in my heart,

Down in my heart to stay!

Public Domain: Lyrics & Music: George W. Cooke

“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and though you do not even see Him now, you believe and trust in Him and you greatly rejoice and delight with inexpressible and glorious joy,”—1 Peter 1:8; AMP

Debra Joy Wallace is a Christian columnist and speaker. Facebook page: Weight Loss Empowerment with Debra Joy – Website: www.debrawallace.com – Contact: Email: debra@debrawallace.com

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