Now, sometimes these cards contain little presents
and those are wonderful too. This year they made the difference in getting our
kids some of their special requests for Christmas. But really, that's not my
Christmas miracle. My Christmas miracle lies in that this card exists at all,
and that someone went to a store and looked for it.
Someone stood in front of a card
rack and searched for a card…
Someone read through generic
cards and decided
that this one was it.
Someone wrote a note thanking my
husband and our family
Every Christmas congregational life touches my
heart in a new way. I look at my harried husband, crafting sermons, leading
services, checking on shut-ins, and eeking in all the extras for Christmas, and
then I look around at people and wonder if they notice. Not notice him, or me, or anything earthly. But do they notice that our God is a God who came to them, just for each of them, and it's a struggle in this world to bear the load of a thousand people who don't know and don't care.
cards come. It goes a long way in a pastor's heart to hear that what they do makes a difference in someone's life. That just by being them, by being faithful, by representing a God of Love and Comfort, people have been touched and it has mattered. It goes a long way in my pastor's wife heart to not be the only one telling him that.
So thank you card companies and thank you members of the Body. Your Christmas card has a special place in our lives and a special place, treasured in our hearts.