A Passage and A Prayer 12/19/18

“But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!’” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.” Acts 3:6-8

We began on Monday with the song “Silver and Gold” from the show Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  Burl Ives is the voice for the singing snowman who walks towards a small tree decorated for Christmas. Verse two of that song goes, “Silver and gold, silver and gold, mean such so much more when I see. Silver and gold decorations on every Christmas tree.”

Silver and gold could be the gift we want just for ourselves, the jewelry that says that we’re valuable. But silver and gold could also be the decorations on the tree that we give to someone else. You likely have decorations on your tree that mark important dates in your family. You maybe have the Christmas tree ornaments for First Christmas Together or Baby’s First Christmas or First Christmas in our New Home. You bring them out each year and remember how it was that first Christmas and all the Christmas days since.

Peter and John gave that sort of gift and that ornament that marked an important day for this man. Peter took him by the hand and he was healed by the name of Jesus. Would the man ever forget this day? Never! There might not have been an ornament with a date on it but his memory would never need reminding. This was the day to never be forgotten.

That is the gift of Christmas that we give to the world every Christmas. The ornament that is greater than gold is the memory of Jesus’ birth. There’s a gift that comes to every person, lame or well, young or old. That’s the gift that we not only point to on our tree, but it is the ornament that we can give to every person. Put this ornament on your Christmas, the gift of Jesus’ coming and the healing he brings to all.

Our Heavenly Father, silver and gold are beautiful and Christmas trees shine in many homes. Let every home have this decoration: the certainty of knowing Jesus as the one gift and the one event that makes Christmas a gift. Remind us of his gift which is eternal life, We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.


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