Pastor's Corner

2 Jan
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Mid-Week Challenge

I would guess by now most of you are in the process of putting your Christmas decorations away and getting ready to begin 2019.  Almost 90 years ago, at about this time of year, a church in New York was packing away their decorations, including a very old Nativity scene.  As they packed up each piece they noticed one important thing missing, the Baby Jesus.  Someone had either misplaced or stolen Jesus from the set.  For almost 90 years the church placed the display out, absent Jesus.  Then last January the church received a package with no return address.  Inside they found a note and a familiar object.  The note read:

To Whom it may concern,

My Mom told me that the Baby Jesus had been stolen from the church Nativity display at Our Lady of Grace when she was a young girl of about twelve years of age in the early 1930’s. It came into her father’s possession somehow, and I don’t know why he didn’t return it. Instead, he gave it to my Mother after she was married, and she too kept it until her passing when it came to me. Knowing the story, I felt it should be returned to the rightful owner, and you will find it enclosed.

It would appear that someone had been holding on to Jesus for almost 90 years and, perhaps, the guilt finally got to them.  Jesus was displayed this season, in the box He was returned in, along with the other nativity objects.    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/baby-jesus-statue-returns_us_5c21bd35e4b08aaf7a8ba55a 

You just can’t make these stories up! Can you imagine the family attending services for all those years, or maybe just passing by the church, and being reminded of what they had hidden somewhere in their home!  The guilt finally got to the right generation and Jesus was returned.  It reminds me of what a lot of folks go through day after day, year after year.  Good intentions of returning what they know they should.  I can imagine the original thief contemplating the return but always talking himself out of it somehow. “Maybe this week I’ll go back and drop it off. Maybe I’ll leave it at the doorstep. Maybe I’ll have a friend do it,” they often thought.  Days turned to weeks, which turned to years and the next thing you know a third generation is involved in the heist.  To me the moral of the story is don’t put off what you know you need to do.  Instead of returning Jesus you need to return to Jesus.  Now is a great time to get back into the Bible, get back to church, go to Sunday School and get involved with small groups!! These are things you have been putting off, but no more!  This Sunday, wrap yourself up, and give yourself back to the Lord.  Trust me, He has been waiting on you and your local church has been too!  

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD." Psalm 122:1

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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