This time of the year the picture of young children sitting on the lap of a jolly, rotund fellow, with flowing white mane and beard, smiling, asking, “Have you been good this year?”
This year it hit me, hard. This merry man, dressed in a great red suit, with the great belly laugh and wide welcoming smile, asking that question of little boys and girls; is the antithesis of Christmas.
What we know is that this “saint” miraculously on one night brings toys to all the children of the world based upon one condition, have they been good? But that one night long ago Jesus didn’t visit the world, but a cave usually used by livestock; after his birth wrapped in cloths and laid in a feeding trough.
Wise men recognized him, shepherds visited him, and angels proclaimed him, here is joy and peace; a savior.
He came not to reward; not for the good, but he came because no one was good enough.
Santa kneels at the manger recognizing the end of judgment and the beginning of grace.
May you know feel joy, experience peace, and grow in grace. God bless you with the merriest gifts of Christmas.
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