The other night, Jason and I were watching T.V. A commercial came on for scratch off lottery tickets. The announcer urged something like, “We need to take a step back and remember the true meaning of the holidays. Giving.” I assume he meant giving lottery tickets. It was like fingernails on a chalkboard. It seemed rather irreverent to me to tie the real meaning of the holidays to $2 scratch off tickets. And not to be cliché, but isn’t Jesus the reason for the season? I started to think about how it is that we’ve gotten so off track during this time of year.
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So, I’ve decided that I will just close my eyes when that commercial comes on and I will remember John 3:16. Because what the announcer says is correct—giving is the real reason for the holidays. But not lottery tickets or just any other gift—The Gift. Let’s make sure that we take time this December to celebrate and remember God’s gracious love. I’ll see you at church!