Box It Up – Good News for December 27

27 12 2009

Letter to the Colossians 3:12-17

Brothers and sisters,

Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.

And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,  as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

The Daily Path: For some this weekend is about tearing down the Christmas tree and climbing back up the ladder to hastily remove all the lights that had illuminated the night over the past few weeks. Our old friend Stan Doubtsall can’t wait to get his life back “in order”. He wants to quickly put the reminders away and resume his normal existence in the new socks he received on Christmas morning.

Kin’s Letter to the Doubtsalls 1:1-13

Oh, Stan!

Why are you ins such a rush to put Christmas away? Christmas is anything but over. December 25 is only the beginning!

Imagine living Christmas in your life 365 days a year. Instead of packing away the little star that sat on top of your aluminum Christmas tree, why not keep it inside your pocket? Every day you could reach into that pocket periodically, touch the star, and hear the angel of the Lord call you to celebrate the birth of the Christ. Or perhaps that ubiquitous bell ringer you hate so much could be tucked away in a corner of your heart, reminding you that someone is out there shivering in the night and that you have the power to bring them light.

You put a lot of energy into rushing the closure of Christmas in your life. What if you put that same energy into extending Christmas and delivering some joy for as long as you can? Why limit your generosity and compassion to only a few days each year?

Stan, don’t box it up. Let the celebration of Christ dwell in your heart every day. Let the light radiate from you like that old color wheel you trot out once a year! The joy you’ll experience is guaranteed to last far longer than the new socks Aunt Phyllis gave you.