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Christmas Wish Granted

12.10.17 | Bulletin Article | by J.M. Scott

    He would want me to remind you…

     Fox News reports:

    A New York girl who survived a horrific fire that killed her father and siblings is inspiring holiday spirit this year with a simple Christmas wish. Safyre Terry, who survived the 2013 arson but suffered burns on more than 75 percent of her body, has made a wish to receive enough holiday cards to fill up a Christmas tree. 

    The 8-year-old had her wish granted after a family friend, Kevin Clark, posted this message on Facebook: “I wonder how many of my friends would take the time to write and send Safyre a Merry Christmas card that she can hang on her card tree….”

    Little Safyre has received more cards than her tree can possibly hold--more than hundreds of trees could hold. Indeed, she's received some 300,000 cards, and counting!  How wonderful that she has gotten the message, so to speak, that people love her, care about her, and support her.

    For a little girl who has lost so much, her one request seems so humble. There's no doubt that anything Safyre would have asked for would have been showered on her by a sympathetic public. Yet, greeting cards for her Christmas tree was what she most wanted.

    Most of us will likely never experience the losses this little girl has suffered, or be so easily satisfied. Instead, the more we have, the more we seem to think we need.  Rather than focus on all the things you don't have this Christmas season, why not take a page from Safyre's book by being content just to be reassured that you are loved. 

    Whether or not you seek such assurance, God wants you to know that He loves you. That's really the whole point of Christmas. God has sent the best and only Christmas card any of us really needs. From the pages of Scripture, He writes to us from Heaven:

    For unto us a child is born, unto 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. [Isaiah 9:6]

    And as though by special delivery, He personally delivered His Christmas greeting in the Person and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless little Safyre this and every Christmas. And may God bless each one who receives the message of God's personal Christmas card.

    Christian apologist, G K Chesterton said, When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?

    He would want me to remind you. Think about it. Amen.