My Atlanta friend Jim Graham has a granddaughter–her first name is Graham; wonder why–who is so bright at the age of 9, she could qualify to be a McKeever! The ultimate accolade. Anyway….
This week, Jim told me something Graham did when she was 3 years old. “Darlene and I had gone overboard materialistically,” he said, “and bought her a ton of Christmas presents. On Christmas morning, she was opening her gifts. After unwrapping the third one, she looked at me and said, ‘That’s enough. Give the others to Baby Jesus.'”
Out of the mouths of babes.
If I were using that as a springboard for a Christmas sermon, I might take this approach: “It’s a mature person who knows how to say ‘That’s enough’. And yet, in our world, Christmastime seems to give people permission to indulge themselves in overeating, overspending, and overgiving, all the while fooling ourselves into thinking we’re somehow honoring Jesus Christ. How very foolish.”
That sermon would call for simplicity in our worship and our celebration of the birthday of Christ. I would surely work in this question from Isaiah 1:12, “When you come to appear before me, who has required this of you?”
Then, I would pick up on Graham’s suggestion: “Give the rest to Baby Jesus.” If that’s not a call for giving to the Christmas offering to help needy boys and girls throughout the world, as well as funding the work of the missionaries who cross the world taking the very message of Christmas, I don’t know what it is.
Thank you, Jim, and thank you God for Graham Bryant. I can’t wait to meet this child.
Now, here’s my question and an invitation to our readers…
Tell us your Christmas story. Not something you read, please, and most certainly not an email making yet another circuit around the globe. Give us your story. Maybe it’s something like the one Jim told of his granddaughter.
Maybe your story is a line you read, a quote you found, something you noticed while shopping, something that happened in your church, a great line a child uttered.
Share it with the rest of us please.
I’m preaching the Sunday morning service on December 23 (10:30 am) and the Christmas Eve Vespers Service (5:00 pm) at our church, the First Baptist Church of Kenner, and would love to have a new story or two.
Just click on “comment” below and type away.