Daily Devotional October 20, 2021

Yesterday, I saw a report about thousands of cargo ships sitting offshore, waiting for their turn to enter ports to be unloaded.  The same report explained the entire supply chain is backed up and will wreak havoc on Christmas shopping.

The reporter announced if you want to have a good Christmas, better start shopping now.

This got me thinking.

In my world of excess and gluttony, having a few less Christmas presents under the tree would not be a deal breaker.  That’s because Christmas is not so much about giving and getting as it is connecting.

Don’t get me wrong.  No one likes stuff more than me.  But to somehow come to the conclusion that what makes or breaks Christmas is getting more stuff is missing the point.

Growing up, outside of a few gifts, I really cannot remember what I got for Christmas.  It’s all a blur.  But I do remember my grandparents coming to visit, attending Christmas Eve candlelight services, and tables spread throughout the dining room and living room for the family feasts.  Those are the memories I cherish.  Those are the sorts of memories I pray my grandchildren cherish as they get older.

So, if there is something you just have to have in order for Christmas to be special, better get shopping.

For me, I’m good.  My daughters are happily married.  My grandchildren are thriving.  My wife hasn’t kicked me out of the house yet.  God is good.  And whether or not there are presents under  the tree this Christmas, life is good.  Besides, I’ve already got the greatest gift of all.

This is what Jesus meant by saying,For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16)

Some gifts matter more than others.  Jesus matters the most.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, as I go about the business of life, give me clarity to see what matters most.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Christmas is only 66 days away.  Make this Christmas count.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins