To Christians the words of Luke’s Gospel are precious. While I am not really in favour of parodies of Scripture, I find this one so pertinent to today that I post it as a SAD COMMENTARY on what the celebration of the birth of the Saviour has come to mean to so many.
“And there were in the same country children keeping watch over their stockings by the fireplace. And Lo! Santa came upon them and they were sore afraid. And Santa said unto them, ‘Fear not. For behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which is to all people who can afford them. For unto you will be given feasts of turkey, cake and chocolates; and many presents; and this shall be a sign to you: you shall find the presents wrapped in bright paper, lying under a tree adorned with tinsel, coloured balls and lights. And suddenly there will be with you a multitude of relatives and friends, praising you and saying ‘Thank you so much. It was just what I needed.’ And it shall come to pass as the friends and relatives have gone away into their own houses, the parents shall say to one another ‘What a mess to clean up! I’m so tired. Let’s go to bed and clean it up tomorrow. Thank goodness Christmas comes only once a year!’ And they go with haste to their cold bed and find their desired rest.”
IT IS SO EASY TO BECOME DISTRACTED
AND MISS THE MAIN EVENT
The author of Peter Pan, Sir Barrie James Matthew, tells of the small boy who had been given a seat with him in the author’s box to watch the play. At the end the boy was asked which part he had liked the best and he replied: “Tearing up the program and dropping bits on people’s heads.” We might expect that from a child, but adults can be just as guilty.
This Christmas, let’s NOT be DISTRACTED.
LET’S KEEP THE MAIN THING, THE MAIN THING.
There is no CHRISTmas without the CHRIST.