by Stan Coffey

Manger Offering
Stan Coffey
Matthew 2
December 8, 2002

There was a father who was very concerned about two sons. He had one son that was an extravert, one son that was a total introvert. He went to a psychologist and the psychologist said he needed to balance both of these boys. He suggested at Christmas time he try to balance these boys and tone the extravert down and build the introvert up a little bit. He decided to get the introvert a very, very positive gift and get the extravert a not so positive gift to tone him down. So the boy that was so introverted and pessimistic about life, he got him a beautiful new bicycle with all the whistles and bells on the bicycle. The boy that was so positive and outgoing, he went down to the stable and he got a bunch of horse manure, put it in a box and wrapped it up, put it under the Christmas tree for him. Christmas morning came and the boy who was pessimistic got his gift, that beautiful bicycle. Man, it had everything on it. But you know he was so introverted and so pessimistic that he began to cry. He said, "Well, I don't really know how to ride a bicycle. If I ride it I might get hurt. I might skin the paint. I don't know if I can ride this or not." It just didn't seem to help any.

The boy who got the other gift began to open his box. When he looked into it and saw what it was, for a minute he kind of stopped, but just for a brief minute. Then he began to smile and dig through that stuff. He began to get excited and he began to laugh and he said, "Oh boy, I know there's got to be a horse in here somewhere." Well, I'll tell you. Christmas is about giving. Ever since that first Christmas it was about giving. In Matthew 2, even before Matthew 2, you know the Bible says in John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son." For the last many, many years here at San Jacinto, Christmas has been about giving. For those of you that are new, the manger offering has been the cent ...

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