The Great Santa Claus In The Sky

Wednesday, December 3, 2008
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Mark 9:24 – Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" (NIV)

I was attempting to finish my poster on time for December when I thought of looking for something to illuminate the topic of "Christmas".

I went to a source for clip art. Guess what! I found only one "Christmas" image — and it was an image of Santa Claus! How far have we gone away from the true meaning of Christmas! Do believers view almighty God as a great cosmic Santa Claus in the sky?

I could go further and tell you more. As I typed in "holidays", I got Santa, the Jewish Menorah, and a bunny! Can we identify with such clip art images? Of course we can, but what is the world today — as shown in clip art, for example — telling us?

Have we, who are Christians, let Christmas — as a celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ — become just another paid holiday?

As I walked through a department store recently, I saw a huge mass of glitter, without a single star or nativity scene. Now, I could have missed one or the other, but they certainly weren't visible to my eye!

Christmas is a time to reflect and to focus. It is now time for renewal. Let us never give it up; let us never stop telling of the message Christmas brings to this world.

Christmas is the story told to us in our Bibles, no matter the version. "Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11 NIV)

1 John 5:4 – For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (NIV)

Let us transform this story of Jesus' birth in a way that others might forget about the great Santa Claus in the sky!

Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, as the world turns, may we never give up on the true meaning of Christmas. Help us to take this time as an opportunity to renew and re-enforce the minds of believers, so that we may take hold of what Christmas truly means and spread the good news of Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

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