The other night, Jason and I were watching T.V. A commercial came on for scratch off lottery tickets. The announcer urged something like, â€œWe need to take a step back and remember the true meaning of the holidays. Giving.â€ 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 clichÃ©, but isnâ€™t Jesus the reason for the season? I started to think about how it is that weâ€™ve gotten so off track during this time of year.
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So, Iâ€™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 correctâ€”giving is the real reason for the holidays. But not lottery tickets or just any other giftâ€”The Gift. Letâ€™s make sure that we take time this December to celebrate and remember Godâ€™s gracious love. Iâ€™ll see you at church!