I am not a Christmas purist. By that I mean I have studied it and December 25 is nowhere near the time Jesus Christ was born. Another thing, Jesus did not tell us to memorialize his birth, but his death.
Having said all that, I have to say there is no happier time for me than the Christmas season. I have so many fond memories of Christmas and every year I add a few more. I love this time of year because of the love that permeates the air. People seem friendlier and more tolerant. Sure, temperatures are cooler, but that just gives you an excuse to draw closer to those we love.
God has blessed me with two wonderful children and two wonderful grandchildren, a great job working for a great boss, and fellow workers I respect and appreciate. I get to deal with some people a lot more important than me. I appreciate being on a first-name basis with our two U.S. Senators who are both doing an outstanding job.
I was in Piketon and when an aid tried to tell me Rob Portman didn’t have much time, I was honored to hear him yell up the hall and say – “That’s Frank Lewis, I have all the time in the world for him.”
Sherrod Brown and I bonded when he found out Al Oliver and I grew up together and Al was one of his heroes. We have been friends ever since.
To know I can call our Attorney General anytime and he will take my call gives me comfort in knowing I can always get the information I need for a story.
The reason I am talking about these people is that they are important people and they make me feel important even though I’m not. I appreciate their hard work and dedication to our area and this Christmas season I want to wish them and all of our political leaders a very Merry Christmas. They all have very difficult jobs and need our support.
Now to the most important person in my life. Joyce has been married to me for going on 50 years. I can tell you unequivocally that she has had to put up with one of the most inept people on earth and yet she has done that. In my ministry, she has always been there to support me, and she continues to bless me every day. She is another important person who makes me feel important. While people think of me as someone with great knowledge, she knows the truth and it is obvious if you know our family, that she is the matriarch. Our family has always been built around her. Talk about having crowns waiting on someone – she will get a load for just putting up with me.
Finally, I want to acknowledge that I honestly don’t know where I would be without Jesus Christ. I have absolutely nothing without him. Elohiym, Yahweh, Jesus. His names are too numerous to mention, and his manifestations innumerable. When Isaiah tried to describe his attributes, he found that Jesus had so many attributes he had to try to limit them, and he ran out of writing space.
Isaiah 9:6 describes Jesus this way – “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
That description and any I could create would be totally inadequate, so let me just say from the bottom of my heart this Christmas season – Let Christ arise in your heart and bless others through you to his glory. Then and only then will you understand who you are in him and after all – that is all that counts in eternity.
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