“I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” – Luke 2:10-11
How many of us have received a Christmas gift, that didn’t even last through Christmas Day? You get the new iPhone and drop it on the pavement, or your new sweater turns out to be the wrong size or has a tear in it. We know material gifts aren’t permanent, they wear out or break.
Bishop Kenneth Shambllin shares a story about his 5 year old son, who more than anything wanted a red toy truck for Christmas. He talked about it constantly, pointed the truck out every time they were in the store. He wrote to Santa, and told the mall Santa how much he wanted that red truck for Christmas. He even prayed about it. Sure enough Christmas morning it was under the tree. The little boy was overjoyed! He received many other presents but hardly noticed. All his attention was riveted on that bright, shiny red truck that he had dreamed about receiving. He played with it all morning. Shortly after Christmas dinner, the bishop heard his son crying. When he saw his son, he held the red toy truck in one hand and the wheels in his other hand. The little boy said, “Daddy my Christmas is broken already!” (adapted from Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break, by James Moore.) Read more Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break