"Everyone's waiting for Christmas"
(©2012 by Bob Perks)

12-8-2012 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #713

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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

Story of the Week
"Everyone's waiting for Christmas"
(©2012 by Bob Perks)

It's all about the big day now. It actually started a few months ago. Stores began offering pre-holiday sales. People began buying gifts so they would be finished ahead of time this year.

I stood in a store with one side of the aisle filled with summer clearance items and the other side Halloween. Then I stepped around the corner and discovered the first sign of Christmas.

It was August.

"Everyone's waiting for Christmas!" the clerk said to me.

I smiled and continued on about my day.

Those words just haven't let go. It was like a line from a song that kept repeating over and over. If I had a piano I could try and play the notes I hear.

I know from experience that when a word or phrase stays with me, that tells me God has a message for me to share.

So, just now I decided to give in and see what happened.

"Everyone's waiting for Christmas."

You might think you know what I'm going to say.

You might be wrong.

You might be t
hiI'd dance around some old memories of mine and share them here with you.

"Everyone's waiting for Christmas."

By the time you finish reading this you might even declare you knew all along what I was going to say.

Sorry. There's no way you could.

Here's what God is telling me.

"Don't wait."

That's it.

You see, life is way too short and days go flying by. You'll rush right through Thanksgiving and the chance to really spend time with family and friends.

You're already blinded by the glitter and deafened by the songs that have begun playing on the radio and in the stores.

You'll stuff yourself with turkey while thumbing through the sales inserts and before the dishes dry, you'll be out the door.

Yes, they've taken Thanksgiving away and turned it into a longer black Friday.

You'll miss the breaking of the "wish bone" and the stories grandpa has told every year since you were old enough to understand.

You'll pass on the homemade pumpkin pie that Aunt Jane always contributes, by declaring that you are "counting calories."

In reality you're counting minutes until the first door buster is available.

Yes, "Everyone's waiting for Christmas," but for all the wrong reasons. You see, the Christ Child came into this world wrapped in swaddling clothes, not fancy gift wrap.

He paid full price for your sins with His life not half price after midnight.

In return we are to give thanks to God for the bountiful gifts we take for granted everyday.

"Everyone's waiting for Christmas."

"Don't wait!" Give something of yourself everyday. Pause to give thanks at the dawning of each new day and as you lay down to sleep each night.

"Everyone's waiting for Christmas..."

There's nothing you can get on sale that can take the place of you at home with your family.

This is a rare opportunity of family and friends gathering to feast on the bounty that is set before them. This won't ever happen again exactly the same way. Each new year brings change.

All will be older, some will be gone, and there may be new faces to welcome and new stories to be told.

Don't rush off to be the first in line at the store.

Instead, stay and be the last one to leave.

Everyone's waiting for Christmas... Don't wait. The greatest gift you can give is your time.

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        You are the Gift of Love!

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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