An elderly farmer and his wife were celebrating fifty years of married life together. Life on a farm can be tough. Commitment is required and you have to be frugal.
Their children gave them a party during which lots of friends congratulated the honored couple. They looked at old pictures, brought out old phonograph records. The fifty-year couple even danced a bit to the old, familiar music.
When the party was over and all had gone home the happy couple found themselves alone. It was a tender moment. The old farmer, who was careful with his money and even more frugal with his words, felt moved to speak.
“You know, Ma, over these fifty years, sometimes I’ve loved you so much that I could hardly keep from telling you.”
She reached for a hankie, dabbed her eyes and said: “Thank ya’, Pa.”
Why are we so reluctant to let others know how we feel? Why are we so stingy and so slow to speak words that others long to hear, so private in saying things that cry out to be said? What do YOU say to this?
Christmas is not just a Season or a day on the calendar. It is the day and the Season to give the Gift of Ourselves to another person. This is what Jesus did at Christmas.
WHAT DO I PROFIT IF JESUS IS BORN IN THOUSANDS OF CRIBS ALL OVER THE WORLD, BUT IS NOT BORN IN MY OWN HEART?
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