Sunday 24 November 2013

I Have Everything I Need

"The Lord is my Shepherd
I have everything I need." 
(Psalm 23)

Thursday is the American Thanksgiving.  As I get older, I find myself appreciating Thanksgiving more and more.  By the same token, I find that the commercialism of Christmas has lessened my love for a day that I used to await in eager anticipation.  I think it's because the feeling I get at Thanksgiving is the feeling expressed in the second line of the 23rd Psalm. Thanksgiving brings a feeling of contentment, a feeling of thankfulness.  Yes, I have everything I need.  I don't need anymore.  However, at Christmas there is an expectation that we will receive gifts.  In other words, we need gifts.  We put so much pressure on ourselves to prepare for the season that by the time it comes, we don't enjoy it anymore.  We need to strip the celebration bare like the First Christmas.  It was so simple:  a father, a mother and a baby.  There were no Christmas lights, no Christmas tree, no Christmas cookies, no Christmas cards in the stable -- only a baby in a manger.  Thank you, Jesus!  I have everything I need.

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