Thursday, November 19, 2009

Letter from Jesus

Oddly enough, I received this forward from someone that I have considered 'blocking'. We don't agree, politically, and she sends an enormous amount of mind sucking propaganda that shrills that the president is gonna take our guns or somesuch bull. Even though I have asked her to stop, I received an e-mail from her on Inauguration Day, bitter at this, the saddest day in the history of our nation. You get the gist, I'm sure. I received this from her, and I nearly deleted it without reading, as is my wont, but lo. It was good.

Without further ado, I present ~

Letter from Jesus about Christmas
Dear Children,
It has come to my attention that many you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe you've forgotten that I wasn't actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival. . . although I do appreciate being remembered anytime. How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town. Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8. If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:
1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time. USO - Wounded Warriors just to name two.
2. Visit someone in a nursing home. Not just during Christmas time, but all through the year. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.
3. Instead of writing the president complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sends out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family? Then follow up. It will be nice hearing from you again.
4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.
5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.
7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families
8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary-- especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.
9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you. Most grocery stores have food packages for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions and words that you are one of mine.
Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember :
I know that it is unrealistic. I know that there are some mighty hostile and judgemental Christians out there, but wouldn't it be nice if this went around the world, and the sniping. simply. stopped. If we could look at one another and not see our differences first? If we could simply join together to celebrate a holy day?


Holly said...

That is the most fabulous thing I have read in a long time. Simple. To the point. Thank you for ignoring the desire to delete! That's proof right there that Jesus can take care of Himself!!

Debby said...

Yep. Holly, feel free to spread the word. Take it for your own blog. Encourage others to do the same. Let's see if we can focus on the big picture this holiday season, instead of bickering over the stupid stuff.

steviewren said...

I certainly agree the world would be a better place if the Christians upheld the precepts in this imaginary letter. On the other hand, I think well meaning people of faith believe they are standing up for God when they protest many of those other things as well. I guess that is what free will and individual intrepretation is all about. Like the angels on the night of Jesus birth (whenever it was) I say "Peace on earth Good will towards men."

Karen said...

Powerful letter and a good reminder that Jesus is, without a doubt, our Savior - perfect in every way - yet loving us, 'though we're not.

BUSH BABE said...

Do people really write letters complaining about nativity scenes in town squares? Really?

I love the magic of Christmas, and I think sometimes we need to let ourselves be children to revel in that magic. The trick is to keep the spirit going through the rest of the year. The avalanche of gifts (inward and outward) I could really do without. *sigh*


BUSH BABE said...

Do people really write letters complaining about nativity scenes in town squares? Really?

I love the magic of Christmas, and I think sometimes we need to let ourselves be children to revel in that magic. The trick is to keep the spirit going through the rest of the year. The avalanche of gifts (inward and outward) I could really do without. *sigh*


Mary Paddock said...

I really like this letter. Many of the public debates about this are simply ridiculous and are a waste of better spent energy.

Here's a thought :) : I actually managed to offend a man at church enough that he stopped sending me anything at all (and he sent along a lot!). Apparently I simply needed to read the right piece of propaganda so my gentle requests that he stop sending me political emails fell on deaf ears. For separate reasons of my own, I wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper concerning a hot topic and some misinformation they'd published (read: more propaganda--in this case it was outright lies and misquotes of the first draft of the health care bill). The gentleman in question immediately stopped sending me emails and doesn't speak to me anymore (at all--which is just silly). I guess I'm a lost cause. Thank goodness.

Bill of Wasilla said...

I especially liked the way "Me" and "My" was capitalized. Good message in their and kind of the antithesis of the right-wing forwards that show up in my box.

I don't get so many, anymore, though.

I got so disgusted about all these so easily refuted outrages supposedly being advanced by liberals, Barack Obama, etc, that I began to return them to the entire list with documented, neutral, sources that exposed them as myths.

And guess what? After I did that a few times, the mails ceased to come.

jeanie said...

I am a particular fan of number 6.

Kelly said...

This is wonderful! I'm glad you shared it here.

A Novel Woman said...

That's a good list.

PaintedPromise said...

Amen and Amen and Amen!!! i am going to copy this!!!