In Whoville’s town square no one was left out. Or as Stitch would say, “Nobody’s left behind.” It wasn’t what was under the tree that was important. No, it was who surrounded it that mattered. A diverse people, families who had a genuine love for a Savior whose birth was more important than baubles and bows. People who had a genuine love for each other. Perhaps they realized belief in Christ could bring them joy. Whereas, Christmas trees and gifts could not. As children, we were taught; the only time you should look down on someone is when you are giving them a hand up. This seems to be a dying philosophy. I pray it is resurrected by people who can discern an illusion from the truth. For we are ALL sinners saved by grace. Wasn’t that the reason Christ was born into this world in the first place?

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10 NKJV) Notice the text was inclusive of all people. Not just the haves who could celebrate Christmas in big fashion. But also the have-nots who possessed no turkey, tree, or presents—Just thankfulness.

…give out of a thankful heart since you are blessed to be a blessing.

Even Scrooge got the revelation that with all his money and power, those things meant absolutely nothing. With a little help from his spiritual friends, he discovered it was more earnest to be grateful, not greedy. And discovered it was paramount to help those who cannot help themselves. In other words, give out of a thankful heart since you are blessed to be a blessing.

The one thing the Grinch and Scrooge had in common—they got the revelation of Christmas’ true meaning. Different approaches were taken to bring them to the same Truth. To keep Christmas in their hearts, not under a tree or in a box. Either example is a much-needed reminder of the true spirit of Christmas. No matter the day or month. We should be a society that expresses Christmas every day of the year. Tyler Perry has set that bar and it is my hope others will not only follow his example but try to jump over it!

Yes, Scrooge righted some obvious wrongs and the Grinch gave back all he’d stolen. Yet their deeds were done with the true spirit of Christmas. Not wrong motives that disappear like the wrapping paper off a present. Deeds done that represent the true meaning of a heartfelt gift. You know, like the one given in Bethlehem… For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NKJV) And that ultimate gesture was no illusion. But true to the highest standards of which God holds Himself. He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32 NKJV)

“And God bless us every one!”

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