Well Santa, your big night is over! Have you had enough cookies and milk by now? I hope that at this particular moment you are snuggled into bed and enjoying some well-deserved rest!
As I "rise and shine" this morning on Christmas Day, I feel truly blessed. God has given my husband, Captain Chas, and I a beautiful and pleasing ministry here in Williamsport.
We hardly ever get to that proverbial "mountaintop" but even down here in the "valley" where we live most of the time, we are still able to "give thanks in everything" as God has asked us to do in His Word. We could not do it without the wonderful people God has surrounded us with to carry out the duties of our church and our social services programs.
Unfortunately, not everyone will wake up feeling blessed today. And I don't only mean that only from the view-point of those who don't have the financial resources of others. There are many people who seem to lack nothing in the way of finances and material resources, but will still rise from their slumber with a less than joyful spirit.
You probably know the kind of folks I speak of Santa. Those who never seem to be happy. I think it's because they put too high of an expectation on Christmas morning and what it will be. There is a hole in their heart that doesn't ever seem to be filled. But the most exciting thing is that is exactly what Christmas Day is all about! The reason for the season - Jesus! God sent His Son to bring us hope ... that we may fill that void in our soul that desperately desires to be satisfied.
John 3:16 says: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Trust, believe and have faith ... and His presence shall always be with you.
Now there's a hope that brings everlasting joy! Merry Christmas Santa and I hope you have a blessed and magnificent New Year!
In the love of Jesus,
Please help by giving generously to the Sun-Gazette and the Salvation Army Santa Fund.
You can help make this a brighter holiday season for local families by making a contribution in person to any branch of M&T Bank or by mail to M&T Bank at 405 River Ave.; at the Salvation Army, 457 Market St.; or the Sun-Gazette office, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701.
The Santa Fund is a fundraiser organized by the Sun-Gazette and the Salvation Army to help local families in need.