Simply Christmas – Sunday, December 13

“Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” James 4:8 (NLT)

Derek Dravis

Derek Dravis

Last year marked my sixth year of going up North and sharing God’s love with the people in the community of Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan.

One year while serving there, I went to the local store with an adult team member. A bunch of bananas caught my eye, and I suggested that we buy them, even though they were quite pricey. One of my fellow team members didn’t agree, but I insisted we get those bananas. On our way back to the place where we were staying, we decided to see what was going on down at the beach. While we were there, we ran into a dad and his sons who had been coming to Vacation Bible School. I sensed they were hungry, so I asked them if they would like the bananas we had just bought. They all excitedly said yes. I started separating the bananas and handed them to the kids. I was surprised to see that there was one banana for the dad and each one of his boys. We had no leftovers. It seemed to me that God provided the perfect gift at just the right time, by simply using bananas.

During the holiday season, it is very easy for us to get caught up in the gifts, decorations and all the other festivities. However, we need to remember to think about the birth of Christ and all that it means! And in our remembering the birth of Jesus, we also need to remember WHY He was born, namely to save us and the whole world from sin, death and the devil. By remembering Jesus and His work of saving us, we keep our Christmas holy. By reading daily devotions, lighting Advent candles, and praising God, we emphasize Christ’s presence with us and all people, not the presents.

We pray:  Lord, I pray that people would remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. In His name. Amen.

Written by Derek Dravis
Volunteer Missionary to Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan

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