The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us".
Are you a Grinch around Christmastime or do you know a Grinch? Maybe these words of Dr. Seuss sound familiar:
Down in Who-ville
Liked Christmas a lot . . ."
"But the Grinch,
Who lived just north of Who-ville,
Tomorrow, he knew . . .
. . . All the Who girls and boys
Would wake bright and early. They'd rush for their toys!
And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the Noise! Noise! Noise! Noise
That's one thing he hated! The NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!"
Now I'm a Who at heart—I love Christmas, but I can certainly relate to the Grinch. Sometimes there's so much noise around Christmas, you begin to think Christmas is about the noise…and friend, that will make you Grinchy every time! When that happens, remember the Grinch's wise discovery:
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store."
"Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!"
What does Christmas mean to you? Can you get past all the noise and consider what it meant for Jesus to come to earth as a babe in a manger?
"A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together."
- Garrison Keillor (1942- )
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.