The Christmas Stranger

For unto you is born this day
in the city of David a Savior,
which is Christ the Lord.   
Luke 2:11

At Christmas time there was a man,
Who looked so out of place,
As people rushed about him,
At a hurried sort of pace.

He stared at all the Christmas lights,
The tinsel everywhere,
At the shopping center Santa Claus,
With children gathered near.

The mall was packed with shoppers
Who were going to and fro---
Some with smiles, some with frowns,
And some too tired to go.

The music from the stereo
Was playing loud and clear,
Of Santa Claus and snowmen,
And funny - nosed reindeer.

He heard the people talk about
The good times on the way,
Of parties, fun and food galore,
And gifts exchanged that day.

"I'd like to know what's going on,"
This man was heard to say;
"There seems to be some sort of
Celebration on the way."

"And would you tell me who this is,
All dressed in red and white?
And why are children asking him
About a special night?"

The answer came in disbelief:
"I can't believe my ear!
I can't believe you do not know
That Christmas time is here!"

"It's the time when Santa comes around,
With gifts for girls and boys;
While they're asleep on Christmas Eve,
He brings them lots of toys!"

"The children learn of Santa Claus
While they are still quite small.
When Christmas comes, he is the most
Important one of all!"

The stranger hung His head in shame,
He closed His nail - pierced hand;
His body shook in disbelief,
He did not understand.

A shadow crossed His stricken face,
His voice was low, but clear:
"After all these years, they still don't know."
And JESUS shed a tear.
~Author Unknown~


As we prepare for all the holiday hustle and bustle, please, always remember:

JESUS is the reason for the season!

Have a blessed and happy Christmas!



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