I am a Christmas Stocking

I am a Christmas stocking hung on the fireplace mantle. I see my owner alone, pondering her future. Last night the house was filled with gaiety everywhere. The people ate for what seemed like hours. They opened gifts, and I was as curious as they were to see the oohs, and ahs as each recipient opened their own special present. The children were especially excited to play with something new. I am amazed as I have watched these children grow, for I am a treasure that has been in my owner’s life for twenty-five years. I have seen much as each Christmas I have been placed in a prominent spot and filled with goodies. However, this year is different. This year I and my owner are all alone on Christmas morning. She is sad, I think, not sure of what she should do this year. I hear a knock at the door and she answers it. There stands her daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren, still in their pajamas. They bring in breakfast and more gifts. I am surprised to hear them say, “Mom, we knew you should not be alone today. We planned this all along.” I am relieved as I see my owner’s face turn from sadness to joy. In a few weeks I will be put away, but this break from tradition was the best Christmas ever! I am a pleased Christmas stocking.

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I was at a book singing yesterday, and privy to many mini conversations. I have a new children’s book, and one set of proud grandparents spent over ten minutes telling me how great and wonderful their grandchild was. I smiled because I is one. And we love to tell anyone who will listen about our grandchildren. As I contemplated afterwards, I wondered if we would spend ten minutes telling others how great and wonderful is our God. In the news recently there have been stories about a physicist NOT being awarded a nobel prize because he called his discovery the God Particle. You see this is not politically correct. The God particle is also known as the Higgs boson particle and Isaac Newton believed it existed, but now this sub-atomic particle can actually be seen, however briefly. In Hebrews 11:3 we find these words. “The worlds were formed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen, were not made of things which are visible.” The Bible was right all along.  God’s hand is on everything he created. But wait there’s more. There is a family of proteins called Laminin. Laminin literally is the “glue” that holds particles together. Col. 1:17 reads “He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” Okay, so Laminin holds you and me together. Why is that important? Look closer. Within this glue-like substance is a cross. God’s stamp of approval, if you will, just waiting to be discovered. Wow! I challenge you to take ten minutes today to tell someone how great and wonderful is our God!