Ultimate Christmas Countdown: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

23 Days Until Christmas!

Were-No-AngelsSong: “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by Needtobreathe
Christmas Album:
“Christmas Treasures” by Various Artists
Christmas DVD: “We’re No Angels”
Netflix Movie: “All I Want for Christmas” (2007)
Amazon Prime Movie: “7th Heaven: Here Comes Santa Claus”
Grinch-Cindy LouFeeln Movie: “The Gift of Love”
On TV:
• “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 6 p.m, ABC Family
• “12 Gifts of Christmas,” 6 p.m., Hallmark
• “Finding Mrs. Claus,” 6 p.m., Lifetime
• “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” 8 p.m, NBC
• “Jingle All the Way,” 8 p.m., AMC
• “Serendipity,” 8 p.m., FLIX
• “Northpole: Open for Christmas,” 8 p.m, Hallmark
• “A Gift Wrapped Christmas,” 8 p.m., Lifetime
• “The Santa Clause,” 8:45 p.m., ABC Family
• “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 9 p.m., NBC
• “A Saturday Night Live Christmas,” 9:30 p.m., NBC
Recipe: Day-After Turkey Soup

Quick Thought for Christmas 

Read

James 1:2-18

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
James 1:17

Reflect
It’s Christmas morning. After waiting for more than an hour for everyone to wake up, you finally have the family sipping coffee and egg nog and gathered around the tree for the annual Christmas present explosion. Like most people, you have carefully scouted the tree for presents with your name on them, and you know exactly where they are. Better yet, you know which ones have a solid chance of being presents with the best stuff inside. You know, the ones that were either on your list, or that exceed your list’s expectations.

This year, your family decided to go without wish lists. That seemed risky to you, but your Mom and Dad said they wanted to figure out what you wanted without you telling them in any way. If you’d been able to tell them, you would have revealed this list:

  • An Xbox with the latest “Call of Duty”
  • A new sound system that includes a powerful subwoofer
  • A giant pillow that looks and smells like a chocolate chip cookie
  • A new iPhone
  • Cash, preferably in $10s and $20s

Any of those would have been great. All of them would have been unbelievable. And as you begin to open the presents, the first box you tear through has the iPhone. Yes! They were paying attention. Then, the cookie pillow. How did they know? Then the sound system. OK, this is getting spooky. Next, the big box in the corner. There’s no way, but it’s was true! An Xbox, with a bunch of games, including “Call of Duty.”

This Christmas was perfect already, but your Dad then walks up and says, “Son, I love you so much, and I just want the very best for you.” With that, he puts an envelope in your hand. You open it to see a stack of $100 bills.

OK, so if that happens to you, you might have the most amazing parents in the world. Not only are they super generous, but they also are incredibly perceptive to know exactly what you want. That seems impossible, right?

But that’s exactly what our Heavenly Father is like. No, He’s not there to give us every item on our wish list. But He absolutely knows what’s best for us, and He provides for us every day. When was the last time you had to go look for air? Or water? And most of us never have to want for food or clothes or most anything that we really need or want. He’s the most steady and stable thing you’re ever going to find, and He really does care about you.

As you continue toward Christmas, take a deep breath and thank God for the air in your lungs. Go get a glass of water and thank Him for sustaining your life for another day. And when you sit down for your next meal, definitely start by giving thanks for the food you’re about to eat. Thank Him for the little things, and for the big things, and His love is the biggest thing of all.

Reflection  copyright © 2015 by Doug DeBolt.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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About Douglas Blaine

Capnpen is a writer who was a newspaper and magazine journalist in a previous life. A college journalism major, he now works as an administrator, but gets his writing fix by blogging about a variety of topics, including politics, religion, movies and television. When he's not working or blogging, Capnpen spends time with his family, plays a little golf (badly) and loves to learn about virtually anything.
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