Two women who were dressed in their finest were having lunch together in a very exclusive restaurant. A friend saw them and came over to their table to greet them. “What’s the special occasion?” she asked. One of the women said, “We’re having a birthday party for the baby in our family. He’s 2 years old today.” “But, where is the baby?” the friend asked. The child’s mothered, “Oh, I dropped him off my mother’s house. She’s taking care of him until the party’s over. It wouldn’t have been any fun with him along.”
How ridiculous! A birthday celebration for a child who wasn’t welcome at his own party? Yet, when you stop to think about it, that’s no more foolish than going through the Christmas season, with all of its festivities, without remembering the One whose birth we are supposed to be honoring.
And that’s the way many people celebrate Christmas. In all the busyness – the party-going, gift-shopping, and family gatherings – the One whose birthday they are commemorating is almost completely forgotten.
As you move into this holiday season, in all of your good times with family and friends, make sure you don’t leave out the Lord Jesus. Give Him the honor He deserves. – Richard W. De Haan
Among the tinsel, trees, and toys
Are many signs of Christmas joy,
But where’s the Christ, whom God sent down,
Who laid aside His throne and crown? – Hess
There is always the danger of keeping Christmas and losing Christ. – Ironside
- December 14, Vol. 7, Our Daily Bread