Christmas Shoes, 17DEC – #622

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Christmas Shoes, 17Dec

My feet were hurting and I thought of a friend’s recent commentary about Christmas – that too much of what we do at Christmas is not what God envisioned…  the hustle and bustle – all that was going against the real meaning of Christmas…

My feet are still really hurting – my own fault for not wearing the right shoes for Christmas shopping – for Christmas singing at church – for living thru the day…  I should have thought about the shoes that would have sustained me, but I chose fashion over function.

Guess what this is a writing about?

Christmas – Jesus – our faith! Not really a writing about my feet… I will come right to the point before I add my flowery writing…  If we put Jesus front and center as the sustaining force in our lives, then our faith will fall into place – our excess of Christmas will fade away – and we won’t ache from bad choices… we will rejoice in a sustaining life…

We need to think about living the life that will sustain us – we need to choose Christ over Christmas.

There’s truth in the praise song: “Come to the Cradle”: “The hustle and business lasts year after year, but this little baby won’t always be here”… “Come to the cradle – come and find peace.”

Being out of step with the real meaning of Christmas leaves more than our feet hurting. Yes, being out with my daughter shopping was fabulous – and we even bought her shoes – but neglecting my physical health, while wearing poor shoes, fueled my stress of the hustle and business. Yes, it was wonderfully sweet our time together – shopping, laughs and togetherness – all to keep the spirit flowing – it made my mom heart smile but my feet were so tired…

I wore my good shoes today and I reworked my head about Christmas AGAIN – Again because this readjustment happens every year – actually every day we need to rework our heads about Christ – about picking up the cross – about sustaining the right paths for our feet and our lives… Neglecting our faith will ache worse than our feet…

Jesus came as a baby with nothing, wanting nothing but us… no tinsel, no shopping, no fuss…. later in life Jesus told a want-to-be disciple to not take the time to bury his father (or go thru worldly rituals) but to just “follow me”. A book passage from Michael Card states that in Judaism family was placed in front of faith – and in Christ’s new way of thinking we have to put faith in front of everything including family. Hmmm, that is what God did too, didn’t He – He put faith in front of family – He sacrificed His son to bring the whole world home to him – His peace is dependent upon us listening to Him, He is wanting us home…  and to get home we need to want His love – know His love – share His love – we need Jesus to wrap it all up and with mercy and grace bring us home…

My pained feet reminded me also of a song by my same friend with the Christmas advice – he recently sang me a few verses beautifully: “Christmas shoes” – about a little boy wanting to give his mom a special gift to meet Jesus, as she was near death – how tearfully sweet…  How the child wants to give her a gift for being a dedicated loving mom, and so that she will be beautiful when she sees Jesus as she passes away that night…

In this Christmas season and always, Jesus does see us, and He asks that we see Him, asks that we seek Him out. He’s ready for us. But as a baby needs a home, He needs us to come to Him, He needs us to make room in our hearts. And He needs us to rely on Him to bear the fruit of God’s plan for our lives.

Remember Jesus in all the holiday hustle by remembering the gift He gave us – our eternal life with Him and with Our Father…  Remember (and remember again) that all we need is already inside of us – Jesus reminds us that it is our faith in God that heals us.

How can we reduce our carbon footprint of Christmas excess and instead leave a footprint on the narrow but sure path of our faithful walk back home to God eternal? How can we walk the walk of being Christian – talk the talk and walk the walk – how can we simply be Christians at Christmas? We can simply just be ourselves and seek Him for everything. We can simply take ourselves and our agenda’s out of the mix and follow Him.

We need “Christmas shoes” – sustaining our walk with Christ…

Our Christmas shoes will be a mindset that all we need in life is in Christ – to pray simply, to bring our hopes in Him… to stay in step with Christ…

We celebrate Christmas for the gift of sustaining life in Christ…

We need to remember to choose Christ over Christmas.

Amen

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Lyrics – Christmas Shoes (Eddie Carswell / Leonard Ahlstrom)

It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line
Tryin’ to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood
Standing right in front of me was a little boy waiting anxiously
Pacing ’round like little boys do
And in his hands he held a pair of shoes
His clothes were worn and old, he was dirty from head to toe
And when it came his time to pay
I couldn’t believe what I heard him say
Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if mama meets Jesus tonight
He counted pennies for what seemed like years
Then the cashier said, “son, there’s not enough here”
He searched his pockets frantically
Then he turned and he looked at me
He said mama made Christmas good at our house
Though most years she just did without
Tell me Sir, what am I going to do,
Somehow I’ve got to buy her these Christmas shoes
So I laid the money down, I just had to help him out 
And I’ll never forget the look on his face when he said
Mama’s gonna look so great
Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if mama meets Jesus tonight

I knew I’d caught a glimpse of heaven’s love
As he thanked me and ran out
I knew that God had sent that little boy
To remind me just what Christmas is all about

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if mama meets Jesus tonight

I want ‘er to look beautiful if mama meets Jesus tonight

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