Walking Through the Mall

Last night, Sis. Crystal and I had to make a trip to the mall in Parkersburg for some last minute items. What I had hoped would be a quick abbreviated journey turned into an all evening task. The stores were busy. Most of the cashiers had lines of people to check-out. I have to say, for the most part, that doesn’t bother me. I don’t mind the crowds, and at this time of year, I expect the lines.

Walking through the mall, I saw a myriad of responses to what of was going on. Some people were with family, and they were laughing, joking, and seemed to be having a good time. Others seemed quite bothered by the lines, crowds of people and the overall state of things. Finally, there were some that were not affected at all. Their faces showed neither excitement nor anger.

As I watched this, I thought about what we are celebrating. Shouldn’t the birth of Christ thrill us? Does Christmas thrill you? I’m not talking about trimming the tree, wrapping the gifts or even the excitement that children get around this time of year.

I’m talking about when “HOPE” entered the world. Had Christ not been born 2,000 years ago, you and I would have no hope. He would still be the God of the Jews, and they would still be under the law, unable to overcome their sins.

Take time over the next few days to realize again the impact of that single night 2,000 years ago.

O holy night the stars are brightly shining, It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth…..A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices