Today's Lectionary Text
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
On the first Sunday of Advent, it was my turn to present children’s time. It was a clumsy day for me. I stumbled over a bench, dropped the book, and got the wrong mic.
It just so happened that I had read a children’s Christmas book recently about a young’un who wanted to know who invented Christmas. When his mama explained that God gave us Christmas, he questioned who was more important, Santa or God? Of course, she made it clear that God was more important and how we see God everywhere in the wonders he made but particularly in this story, the lights in the sky … the star that led people to Jesus.
So, what about Santa? He is important too because he reminds us about caring, sharing, giving … and presents. This is when my story went south. I fumbled my words when I should have said that Jesus was the most important present of all, I said president … which I recovered by saying that wasn’t such a bad idea. People laughed, at least they were listening … and the kids got it. One little girl thanked me when I was done, bless her.
The motto “Jesus is the reason for the season” never gets old to me!
Ottawa First UMC
Prayer for Reflection
Thank you for this wonderful Advent season as we prepare our hearts again to receive your only son as a baby and know Jesus is the light of the world. Amen
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