12 December 2010

From the Evangelist Desk. Christmas edition 2010.

“All I want for Christmas is…”

Most of us can finish the caption with “My two front teeth.” What a good old-fashioned Christmas song this was. Everyone said ahhh! To the little chap that sang with a lisp and whilst through his gap where his front milk teeth used to be. The good news for the young person is that he will not have to wait for long before he is blessed with his adult teeth.

We then supply the young with words of wisdom, “Remember to look after your teeth, because they are the only ones that you will get.”

Why do we call them milk teeth? Is it because they formed from the nourishment from the mother’s milk or in our modern life, SMA?

For those we know.

Hebrews 5:13. And a person who is living on milk isn’t very far along the Christian life and doesn’t know much about doing what is right. (NLT)
For those we know that at this stage in their journey we can pray, “Lord all I want for Christmas is to guide and nurture (name) to move from taking milk from you to actually enjoying a more mature relationship with you by taking some solid food.”

Hebrews 5:14. Solid food is for those who are mature, who have trained themselves to recognise the difference between right and wrong and then do what is right. (NLT)
Once we have helped our friend to mature in their faith, and they are taking solid food from the Lord, we can pray, “Lord all I want for Christmas is to help feed (Name) with solid food that comes from you. To help them share their news with others and to be there as they travel along their own path to your Kingdom.”

Job 23:11. For I have stayed in God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside. (NLT).
Through our Christian life, we have hopefully, and to the main, stayed on God’s paths. Being led to where he has work for us. Ready to place a signpost pointing to his Glorious Kingdom.
We can also pray for those known to us who have strayed from the Lords Paths. “Lord, all I want for Christmas is to be given the chance to speak with (Name) and make sure that they know that we as your church and you as their Saviour care for them and want to help them back onto your paths.”

For me and I.

Mark 9:24 The father instantly replied, “I do believe, but help me not to doubt”. (NLT)
As Christians we believe, but sometimes doubts can come into our lives, someone, or something that may draw us away from the loving care of our Lord tempts us.
We can Pray, “Lord, all I want for Christmas is to granted the gift to believe in you and the eternal hope of your Glorious Kingdom. Lord please help me overcome my doubts, guide and protect me.”

Psalm 23:4 Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. (NLT).
Sometimes we can feel so remote from God, from life and from happiness. We can feel trapped and at a very low ebb. But we must never forget that the Lord is always with us, no matter what. “Lord, all I want for Christmas is that you will be with me as I travel the valley of the shadow of death at this time. Protect me with your rod and staff and lead me to your green pastures.”

Luke 11:1. Once when Jesus had been out praying, one of his disciples came to him as he finished and said, “Lord teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (NLT)
Sometimes our prayer lives can seen so barren and empty, we don’t know what to pray, or how to pray or sometimes even worse we can’t be bothered to pray. Everything seems too much. Then maybe it is time to pray, “Lord, all I want for Christmas is to be blessed with the gift of prayer, teach me good Lord to learn to pray to you, to share my joys and woes in prayer, to grow in pray this and every day.”

In summary, does a gift have to be something physical, like my two front teeth? Does a gift have to be materialist like a Play-station 3, or the latest ipod type phone? No gifts can be gifts of kindness and caring for others, by giving time and listening to their concerns.

I am happy to know that the Lord gave the one perfect gift, that being His only Son Jesus Christ as the ultimate gift for me, but each Christmas the gift of Christ is renewed for me.
Then as a Christian I enjoy Christmas each and every day, where the Lord lavishes new and wonderful gifts on me, to use in His name, to increase His Kingdom.
Lord, all I want for Christmas is to spend each and every second, of each and every minute of each and every day with you. Amen

Happy Christmas to all and a prosperous New Year.


© Rick Hayes, December 2010