I have been having some setbacks in getting my website up and running, so it looks like it won’t be functional until next year. But I couldn’t let this season pass without posting something about Christmas. Or in this case about Santa.
I didn’t grow up believing in Santa. Neither did my children. Well, it’s not that we totally didn’t believe in him. He was a wonderful fairy tale and a delightful game. He just wasn’t real.
However, the other day I had a “real” Santa experience.
I had gone to an automotive store to get a replacement blinker bulb. A very kind older gentleman stopped everything to help me. Not only did he get the bulb, he removed the burnt out bulb and replaced it with the new one. I was so grateful for his assistance and his kindness that I gave him a couple of dollars. That is when he gave me his card.
Later on in the day, I began to think about Santa Clause. If Santa Clause represents the spirit of giving, this guy definitely qualifies for the role.
I thought back to the old Christmas song about Santa Clause coming to town and began to compare and contrast Santa Clause (not just the nice guy at the store, but the rosy-cheeked, jolly red-suited dude who flies with reindeer and slides down chimneys) with God.
Santa Clause represents Christmas giving, but God is the ultimate giver.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17 NKJV).
Santa Clause has a naughty or nice list. God knows everything about us and loves us unconditionally. “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8 NKJV.)
Santa Clause gives good gifts only to the good boys and girls. God grace is free for all who receive it. “ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV.)
Santa Clause visits homes once a year, God is always with us. “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing” (Zephaniah 3:17 ESV.)
Santa is kind of cool. But my God is awesome!!!!
Have an amazing blessed Christmas as you celebrate the ultimate giver and the ultimate gift!