IT HAS come to my attention, that many of you are upset because some 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 with 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 call 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 was. 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:
1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way my birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to the military away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year: I know, they tell me all the time.
2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.
3. Instead of writing to the president complaining about the wording on the cards his staff send out his year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year, Then follow up: it will be nice hearing from you again.
4. 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.
5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her. Tell them if you dare.
6. 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.
Page 2 of 2 - 7. 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 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.
8. 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.
9. Here's a good one: 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 Salvation Army or some other Christian charity, and they will make the delivery for you.
There are a number of food banks around that you might support. Don't forget the back pack school food program, so children might have something to eat during a weekend. Sometimes they might share with a younger sibling.
10. 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. Check out the list above, get to work ...........
AND REMEMBER: I love you. JESUS
PS – Remember to give the peace sign to anyone with a hate sign in their hands. I love all of you. The peace sign is done with the little finger, and the first finger upright, with the thumb up also. The two middle fingers are folded down. Do this all the time, especially when a driver of another car is angry, it will really confuse them.
From the First United Methodist Church – Leavenworth ) Yes - this is a repeat, from last year, but I think it bears repeating.