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Because of Christmas – Our Greatest Need Is Met (2 of 2)
Rev. Jim Henry
Luke 2:13-14; Ephesians 1:7
I don't know about you, but this time of the year I get nervous because I want to find a gift for my wife at Christmas time. Men, I don't know about you, but it is always a challenge for me - nearly forty years of looking for a Christmas present! In fact, if you go back to our courting time you are looking at about two more years. So I'm looking at forty-two years of coming up with something for my wife for Christmas. Now I want to ask, does anybody else find that as a challenge as a husband? Hold up your hands. Wives, pray for us--you see we are having trouble. We want to do something right for you and we want it to be good but what is the thing that you really want? It is not easy. My friend, Charles Lowery said he asked his wife what she wanted for Christmas and she said, "Just surprise me." Has your wife ever said that? So he said, "At 3:00 a.m. on Christmas morning I got a big spot light, shined it in her face and said 'Boo!' " Don't do this! Don't do this, men!! He said, "One year she said, "Give me something that makes me beautiful." He gave her an exercise bike and he said, "That didn't go over too well, either."
For most of us, Christmas is a challenge. We started singing "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" after Christmas because, trying to get everything together and get things to the right people is a challenge. But you know, the good thing is, Christmas is a season of hope. I like that.
Remember Charles Kuralt? He traveled around the country and reported about the back out-of-the-way places. He would go various places and meet people. It was just really fascinating. One of the things he discovered in Colorado, was a tree. There was just one tree and there were no trees for miles around except this one tree. This one tree just stands as a lone sentin ...
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