I read this story a few years back, and am continually reminded of the truth and poignancy of this story.
A woman was out Christmas shopping with her two children. After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable, and after hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she finally made it to the elevator with her two kids.
She was feeling what so many of us feel during the holiday season time of the year - overwhelming pressure to go to every party, every housewarming, taste all the holiday food and treats, getting that perfect gift for every single person on our shopping list, making sure we don't forget anyone on our card list, and the pressure of making sure we respond to everyone who sent us a card.
Finally the elevator doors opened and there was already a crowd in the car. She pushed her way into the car dragging her two kids and all the bags of stuff in with her. When the doors closed she couldn't take it anymore and stated, "Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be found, strung up and shot."
From the back of the car, everyone heard a quiet calm voice respond, "Don't worry, we already crucified Him."
The rest of the trip down the elevator was pretty quiet.
When the angels met the shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night, they proclaimed, "Glory to God in the highest, Peace on Earth, Good will to men."
Maybe as you begin your holiday shopping, or any of your holiday traditions this year, it would be helpful to read through the account of the birth of Jesus found in the Second Chapter of Luke’s Gospel.
Maybe the words spoken by the angels so many years ago can ring true even today, and we can bring Glory to God in the highest throughout the Christmas season and all through the year. Remember that Jesus came to bring peace to all mankind and that this peace should invade all areas of our lives and spill out as good will to all men, and these actions would truly bring glory to God!
Throughout the holiday season, find a church to attend, a group of believers to share in the joy of the season!
If you don’t have a church family, we would love to have you join us.