Advent 2021

Witness: Friday, December 17, 2021

Friday, December 17, 2021

Witness: Ron Morem

Scripture: Luke 2:8-14

Weekly Theme: Joy

When I observed my wife, Harriet, carefully packing the boxes for Operation Christmas Child, I thought about the joy those small gifts will bring to children we do not know.

I also began to recall Christmas season memories from my childhood. I remember making a list for Santa. Then, the disappointment the year I discovered that there really wasn’t a Santa Claus. Yet, the number of gifts I received did not decrease. I was never disappointed with my parents’ generosity, despite their limited income (which I never considered at the time). 

One year I portrayed one of the shepherds in my elementary school Christmas pageant. The following year I was Joseph! As I thought about this, I realized my attention was on the gifts, excitement, and events leading up to, rather than the celebration of Christ’s birth. I was faithful in attending church and Sunday school, but what was I focusing on? 

Over time, the true meaning and significance of the greatest gift to humankind, the birth of Christ, finally penetrated my self-centered thinking. I also realized that we are called to be giving of ourselves to others throughout the year.

It would be lengthy if I were to compile a list of the individuals who have been a gift unto me. How giving and generous have I been through the years, I wonder? Although I have no idea of how many future Christmases I will celebrate, the opportunity exists each day for giving, caring, praying, encouraging, loving, even unto strangers and that person we would rather not talk to (which may be difficult).

Praise God for the greatest gift of all, that Child in the manger whose birth we will soon be celebrating!

Daily Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of this new day. May the Holy Spirit guide and direct me as I strive to follow in the steps of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and reach out to others.

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

  1. Who besides my family might I proclaim the joy of Christmas to?
  2. What will be my focus this Advent season? 
  3. Where/how might I reflect the Light of Christ each day?
  4. Do I willingly smile and greet a total stranger or someone I would rather avoid? 

1 thought on “Witness: Friday, December 17, 2021”

  1. Ron, I needed to hear your message especially today. May I take your message to heart and share the true spirit of Christmas

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