How to Celebrate Christ’s Birthday

Here is an e-mail sent to me from one of my favorite professors at SBU, Dr. Fuhrman, after a conversation we had earlier today.

— from Christ
Dear children,
It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are
taking My name out of the season. Maybe you’ve forgotten that I wasn’t
actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your
predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a
time of pagan festival. Although I do appreciate being remembered anytime.
How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily
understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your
own. I don’t care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My
birth just, GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Now, having said that, let
Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t
allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of
Santa’s and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front
lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn’t be any need for such a
scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around
Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday
tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can
& may remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you
wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching explaining who I am in
relation to you & what each of our tasks were. If you have forgot that
one, look up John 15: 1 – 8.
If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my
wish list. Choose something from it.
1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday
is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away
from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I
know, they tell Me all the time.
2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don’t have to know them
personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.
3. Instead of writing George complaining about the wording on the cards
his staff sent out this year, why don’t you write and tell him that
you’ll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up. It
will be nice hearing from you again.
4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can’t afford and
they don’t need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth,
and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and
remind them that I love them.
5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
6. Did you know that some people in your town will attempt to take their
own lives this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you
don’t know who those people are, try giving everyone you meet a warm
smile. It could make the difference. Also, you might consider supporting
the local Hot-Line: they talk with people like that every day.
7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls
the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm
smile and a kind word even if they aren’t allowed to wish you a “Merry
Christmas” that doesn’t keep you from wishing them one. Then stop
shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn’t make so much money on that
day they’d close and let their employees spend the day at home with
their families.
8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary,
especially one who takes My love & Good News to those who have never
heard My name. You may already know someone like that.
9. Here’s a good one. There are individuals & whole families in your
town who not only will have no “Christmas” tree, but neither will they
have any presents to give or receive. If you don’t know them (and I
suspect you don’t) buy some food & a few gifts & give them to the
Marines, the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me &
they will make the delivery for you.
10 Finally if you want to make a statement about your belief in and
loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don’t do things in secret
that you wouldn’t do in My presence. Let people know by your actions
that you are one of mine.

3 Responses to “How to Celebrate Christ’s Birthday”

  1. 1 matt creath December 12, 2006 at 3:09 am

    that’s a good word. you called me! oh my goodness…I just realized you left me a voicemail yesterday…I will return it soon, bro. Life is crazy right now. and I mean crazy…but look who i’m talking to…you’re getting married!

  2. 2 Anonymous January 10, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    How about a new posting?


  3. 3 DR January 18, 2007 at 7:46 am

    i love this post andrew… i love your thinking and your prof… anyways man.. congrats on the marriage. how awesome..

    Daniel Roberts

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