Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

A letter

I got this email, and I loved it, a letter from God. The list below is all kind of obvious if you ask me. I was having a conversation with someone about every imposing their religious beliefs on Christians. Now, I will tell you, I don’t believe all that crap about all roads lead to heaven. One way. That’s it. Who is the truth, the way, and the life? And who is the only one we can get to heaven through? Uh, yeah, that’s Jesus. But I found this letter pretty funny and enlightening.

Dear Children,
It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily
understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own.

I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth,
just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER. (and by the way, trying to run me over in the parking lot at Target only to get to stand behind me in line at Bed Bath & Beyond is kind of funny, and it proves, if you are not nice, God will surely inflict His sense of Humor on you)

Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in
which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid
of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on
your own front lawn. (AMEN, and BTW, it’s Jesus we worship, not a Nativity scene, and I think it was Sara who once told me, He’s in your heart, not on your walls (or your yard or at your city’s city hall)).

If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene
on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a 'holiday
tree', instead of a 'Christmas tree'. It was I who made all trees. You
can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish:
I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in
relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one,
look up John 15: 1 - 8. And by the way, if they call it a holiday tree, if you love Jesus, you know which holiday you are referring to

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my
wish list. Choose something from it:

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is
being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from
home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they
tell Me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them
personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing George complaining about the wording on the cards
his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be
praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up. It will be nice
hearing from you again.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and
they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth,
and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind
them that I love them.

5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own
life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you
don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it
could make the difference.

7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the
holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm
smile and a kind word even if they aren't allowed to wish you a 'Merry
Christmas'. That doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop
shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day
they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary--
especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never
heard My name.

9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your
town who not only will have no 'Christmas' tree, but neither will they
have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food
and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity
which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and
loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret
that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you
are one of mine.

Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do
what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. . Check out the
list above and get to work; time is short and I'll help you, but the ball is
now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those
whom you love . . . and remember,


Merry Christmas!!

John 15:1-8 1"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

1 comment:

Jada's Gigi said...

I kinda had the same reaction as you when I read this..someone sent it otm via email...:) Merry Chrismas, sis!