Is Christmas a holiday you've been looking forward to? It's a special time for family members to get together and celebrate, isn't it?
Yet Christmas can be a very stressful time with all the planning of meals and gifts associated with it. Even buying the right gift for the person who has everything is a real hassle. And too often the credit card is stretched to the point of incurring a sizeable debt.
My friend asked her small son to end his prayer with the Lord's Prayer and when he got it muddled up she corrected him. What he'd said touched her and she wrote this poem.
Forgive us our Christmases
“Our father who are in Heaven”, prayed the lisping three-year-year-old. He paused while Mummy prompted, then continued as he’d been told.
Again he raised his sweet clear voice, “Give-us-this-day-our-daily-bread,... and-forgive-us-our-Christmases ...” Then Mummy lifted her head.
That isn’t in the Lord’s Prayer, dear, She gently reminded him.It’s “forgive-us-our-trespasses”, And they bowed their heads again.
The prayers were done; he was tucked in bed; And Mummy tiptoed out,But the words he had prayed, still lingered on, Perhaps he was right at that.
“Forgive-us-our-Christmases?” Oh Lord, It is so true,We pamper ourselves and everyone else, But forget to remember You.
We buy the presents for our friends, When it’s really your birthday,We decorate and motivate, It's our favourite holiday.
How this must grieve the heart of God, When He looks down upon ...The sons of men to whom He gave, The greatest GIFT, His Son!
“Joy-to-the-World” we glibly sing, And promptly then forget,That to Him Who made the Heaven’s ring, We owe a tremendous debt!
“Forgive-us-Lord,-our-Christmases”, With all their wasted endeavour,And may this Christmas honor Him, Who lives and reigns forever.
But there's another side of this special holiday. Police say that squabbles break out even among family members. Too often long held bitterness comes to the fore, because of alcohol freely consumed. And it's not long before violence erupts and things get nasty.
And what of those who haven't families to gather around them? So often they're left out in the cold. If it wasn't for charities offering the comfort of Christmas dinners, so often these folk would go hungry.
Let's remember it's Jesus' birthday we remember and honour. He is the Prince of Peace. Let us share His love and His peace to those around us. Happy Christmas!