Years ago, when young pioneers left their families to “Go West”, most never saw their folks again. Thank God those days are gone. I can connect with my kids thousands of miles away every single day.
Or, imagine, if you will, the news two-thousand years ago about a baby being born in a manger. Can you see the angel putting it on facebook? It being shared by millions in no time at all?
Instead, the message had to pass through a night lighted by torches and a star. No phone calls announced His birth, no text messages telling the family that Mary and the baby were ‘fine’. An angel heralded his birth, spoke it in words. “Be not afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” ALL THE PEOPLE. Not a few, not a handful, not one country or another, but ALL the people.
As writers, agents, editors, words are very important to us, but none so inspiring as the angel’s. “…for ALL the people.” That includes Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Humanists, Satanists, lifestyles other than our own. And all that is needed for anyone is to take up the promise and follow Him.
While it’s for all of us, we don’t all choose to follow. And it isn’t difficult. He doesn’t ask us to give up a thing. Come as you are! Come to the table and only be hungry and thirsty.
Years ago when I read about the young man, a drug addict, who performed the part of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, I was appalled to learn that he would go onto the stage high. After reading more, I realized that when he came to Christ, it took him almost two years to get ‘clean’. He continued to perform the part high on drugs. But Jesus accepted him as he was.
A small world? Yes, it’s become a very small world. Most of our friends and family are just one click away from us. Their pictures, their thoughts.
And so is Christ. Just one or two words away. “Forgive me.” “Come into my heart.”
One click brings us closer to the world, one word brings us closer to Christ.
Merry Christmas and blessings to you and yours this wonderful holiday season!