Jesus really is the “Reason for the Season"
It’s that time of year when we begin to think about all the details that need to be taken care of over the next few weeks. The holidays demand preparation, and we cannot put it off until the last minute. There are cards to be sent, presents to be purchased, decorations to be hung, and entertaining that must be prepared for. With all these details to consider, do we really have time to focus on the meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas?
I am reminded of the story of a young girl who had adopted a puppy from the city pound. The pup’s mother had been killed and the puppy needed a great deal of attention. The girl gave her new pet more love and care than she had ever given anything before.
One day she entered the back yard to feed her pet. She found the puppy over in the corner of the enclosed yard barking at a butterfly. The puppy was fascinated by the winged creature. It would bark and jump… it really was an amusing sight. After watching the playful antics of the puppy for a few moments, the girl called for the young dog to come for its supper. The puppy stopped, it looked at the girl and looked at the butterfly.  It again looked at the girl and looked at the butterfly. After considering its choices, the puppy finally decided to ignore the girl’s call and to continue to entertain itself with the fascinating insect.
Even though the girl called serval times (each time more forcefully) the puppy did not stop playing with the butterfly until the colorful moth flew up and over the fence. At that point the puppy knew it was in trouble. It sat there with the most mournful expression because it knew it had ignored its master all for the thrill of a butterfly. It wasn’t until the girl called the puppy with a more loving tone that the puppy’s demeanor changed and it came running to receive its meal.
The story reminds me of the ease with which we are distracted during the holiday season. There are so many things that capture our attention. With all these details to keep us busy it becomes so easy to ignore the call of God when He asks us to keep Him at the center of our celebrations.
It is to Him we are to give thanks… it is His birth that gives meaning to Christmas. Don’t become so focused on the fluttering details that can so easily distract you that you miss the call of the Master who invites you to come to Him!

“Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.”
Isaiah 55:3 (KJV)



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