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Weekly Devotional

Paying it Forward

Ah, the Christmas season. Christmas lights, Christmas carols, and of course Christmas shopping. Let me just start off by saying that my six year old granddaughter Alexia and I share a pet peeve about Christmas. We don’t want to hear any Christmas carols until after Thanksgiving. She and I were in the car together on November 18th, and I accidently changed the radio to a station playing Christmas carols. Alex went on a tirade almost the length of Silent Night that can be summarized in one statement; “People, can we just wait until AFTER Thanksgiving to play Christmas music?!!” Such a wise child.

During the Christmas season we often hear about the busiest shopping days like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Super Saturday. These are the days when shoppers can get extra great deals, in-store or on-line, on the gifts they desire to purchase for their loved ones.

The Christmas shopping season has a totally different vibe compared to any other time of the year. First, there are so many more people out shopping during the Christmas season. Secondly, the crowds at shopping centers during the holidays are humongous! Lastly, did I mention that you can’t find a parking space in mall parking lots during the holidays because of all the people? 


Everybody’s looking for a great deal on that special just-got-to-have item. I’m not saying that people are in a frenzy, but God forbid that you find the last (insert popular toy name here) at the exact same time as another tired, hungry, frustrated, if it’s the last thing I do I’m going to get my child that toy…parent.

All joking aside, the Christmas season is one of the best times of the year. The spirit of giving comes to the forefront, because God gave us such a tremendous gift in His Son Jesus. We are, in a way, paying it forward to those whom we love and hold dear to our hearts. So, when you’re braving the holiday crowds, I pray you remember the true gift of this season and let peace and goodwill towards all fill your heart.

I want to invite you to the funny and heart-warming presentation of Home For Christmas – Are You There Yet? at Presence Theater Church, Friday December 22nd and Saturday December 23rd at 7:00p.m., and Sunday December 24th at 10:00a.m. I will be one of featured cast members. Be sure to bring a friend.