A Child on Christmas

Jim Coyle

"There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child." - Erma Bombeck

As I looked at this quotation, I thought back to the time when  my children were young and living with us.  My wife and I would stay up late on Christmas Eve putting the gifts under the tree.  We could hardly wait to see how excited our kids would be as they opened their gifts.   Before the sun came up, they would wake us and run to the family room wanting to rip open their presents.   In our family, we have a tradition that only one gift is opened at a time so everyone could see what was received.   The remainder of the day was spent together with our extended family and celebrating the birth of Christ.   

I think that Erma may have missed what the saddest thing in the world is.  You can still have a joyful Christmas without being a child.  I believe that the saddest thing in the world is not to accept Jesus, the child God gave us.   

1 John 5:11-12 tells us the true value of accepting Jesus.  "And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life."

We have the gift of eternal life, the only gift that never loses value.   After we accept this gift, we should share it with others so they can also avoid the saddest thing in eternity, which is not being a child of God.

If you have not accepted the gift of Christ and are ready to become a child of God, do the following:  Admit you’re a sinner (ask God to forgive you).  Believe Jesus died for your sins (accept the gift).  Commit to follow Jesus (start attending church and reading the Bible).

If you are a child of God, share God's gift with someone who does not have it. Then pray that they may awake on Christmas morning as a child of God.


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