There once was a boy. Now this boy had lost his parents, but he had a very, very good best friend who cared a lot about him. But the boy was bitter. He didn't appreciate his friend, even though his friend did ever so much for him. The bounds of his best friend's love were endless; he was completely selfless in being compassionate to the boy. Still, the boy took him for granted. It was Christmas time and the boy was destined to spend Christmas alone, more bitter, hurt, and hateful than ever. His friend stopped by on Christmas Eve to say hello and give the boy his gift and some Christmas cheer. But the boy wouldn't have anything do with him. He let him in and then left the room, angry at the world and at anyone who would stick around for him to be angry at! But never once did his friend even consider abandoning the boy. And instead of going on to his own family's Christmas celebrations, he gave those up and stayed with his friend. His friend didn't invite him, or really even accept him at first, and he didn't give any sign that he wanted his company, but he needed it.
So his friend stayed. He loved his friend, even though the boy didn't deserve it at all.
I don't know about you, but I would have given up on him. He was stupid, to be honest. He had the best friend ever, and he rejected him. But you know what? His friend stayed.
We had the best friend ever in God. And then we messed it up. We disobeyed, sinned, and pretty much told God we didn't want Him. But you know what? He sent his one and only Son, a Prince, into the world as a humble baby in a stable, for one reason: to save us from that very sin, that mistake we made. It didn't matter that we rejected Him. He still sacrificed everything to redeem us.
May we never forget the true meaning of Christmas, among the hustle and the bustle. May we always be in awe of the love of our God, who didn't need us. But He wanted us. He was compassionate and patient and He never gave up. And He never will. He's still waiting on those who are still rejecting Him.
"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."
God is good--I love this season that is a reminder of that! :)
Merry Christmas, everyone! :)