Monday, December 18, 2017
by Barbara Dick
“Quietly trust yourself to Christ your Lord and if anybody asks why you believe as you do, be ready to tell him, and do it in a gentle and respectful way.” ~ I Peter 3:15 (The Living Bible)
Last December, we met friends (Marti and Mark Bramstedt) at a “B and B” for our annual December reunion. At breakfast, we were making small talk with another family sharing our table. I asked, “So, are you going to church to celebrate Christmas?” And very excitedly, their young son shared, “Oh, we don’t believe in God, but we believe in Christmas!”
I wish I could tell you I answered in a mature, Christian way, but alas, I was not fast enough to respond well. I expressed sadness at their family not going to church on Christmas, but I’m sure it was not a life-changing moment for them.
I have thought about this exchange many times. That little guy voiced the opinion of many, many people in our present world. For non-believers, December is not a celebration of Christ’s birth. It is a month of baking, parties, gift buying, decorating, shopping, gift giving, visiting family, cooking and cleaning. But for Christians, there is a reason for the flurry of activity. It is all anchored around the celebration of Jesus’ birth.
Dear Lord, May we always be ready to give an answer for our faith. Your Son’s birth is a perfect opportunity to share Your love and for us to be examples of that love through the giving of our time and talents to others. Amen.
TODAY: Pray for a secretary/clerk/receptionist by name.