Puppy

Good morning!

Christmas season will soon be upon us. It brings remembrances of holidays past.  Children climbing on Santa’s knee and telling him their heart’s desires. Or composing handwritten letters to send to the North Pole.

This jolly, bearded man knows it all. What every boy and girl wants for Christmas. After all, we all know he has The List. He knows who’s been naughty and nice.

In the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle, never underestimate the power of the true man Christmas is all about. Jesus. He knows much more than just our spoken or written words. He knows our hearts. He knows our thoughts. Even before we think them. He created them. He doesn’t need a list. He created the list. And the children. And the Christmas gifts. And Santa.

Did you ever ask Santa for something and not receive it? 😦

Fortunately, I can’t ever recall such a disappointment.  But I’ve heard many a tale of someone who did. Think about it. Many a broken heart and broken dream have come out of putting one’s trust and belief in something that can’t be counted on to always deliver. 😦
Think again.
Jesus 1, Santa 0

The topic came up at lunch the other day.
Gifts from Santa.
Who hasn’t felt at some time or another that panic feeling when your child announces at 7:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve that they asked Santa for the gift of all gifts for Christmas.  Something that just might not be appearing under that Christmas tree! 

One year that last minute gift request was for a puppy from one of our lunch bunch’s sons. And guess what?! No live puppy was in the picture for the coming morn. Too many family allergies. With a little scrambling and alot of creativity, guess what magically appeared under the tree that year?!

Puppy!!!! ♡

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Meet P U P P Y  !  ♡
He was just what he wanted, and he’s been an integral part of their family ever since! He’s outlived most family pets. And he’s never chewed a shoe or chased the neighbor’s cat. And, he’s still loved dearly by his master! A little worn and tattered, but nevertheless cherished. 🙂 I wouldn’t be surprised if Puppy didn’t go to college! 🙂

Some stories have happy endings. 🙂 Others do not. 😦
Some children receive an overabundance of Christmas gifts, and some children have no Christmas at all.

How many of you had a favorite stuffed animal that was not only your favorite toy, but your best friend and pet all rolled into one?

Let’s all embrace the true spirit of Christmas this year. Let’s all find more joy in giving than receiving. Let’s all be content with the “Puppy”s we find under our trees whether or not they meet our exact expectations. Let’s all believe like little children. A little make believe and a little imagination goes a long way. Puppies don’t have to be alive to be real to a child or loved in their hearts. 

Sometimes the boxes are the best part of the Christmas presents. Better than what came in them. They become forts and castles and whatever our imaginations dream them to be.

Let’s not put all our beliefs in a man with a red velvet suit, but instead in the man from Galilee. Just like Puppy, we will then be loved dearly by our master! And we will all have Christmas!  We can all receive the best present ever, one even Santa can’t bring. It doesn’t matter if we’re on the naughty or nice list. We can all receive the true gift of all gifts, eternal life!

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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