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The Gift

orchestra at churchTime stood stilI at the top tier of the church risers last Saturday. Maybe it was the light glistening on the musical instruments. Or maybe it was the exuberance of the conductor. Whatever it was, I realized all this buzz was in preparation of the birth of one individual. For the uninformed, it must be a strange sight to watch grown ups behaving like kids waiting for their Christmas presents. This day of Jesus’ birth was planned way ahead in eternity past. Philosophers kinda knew it was coming but only God knew the details of His master plan. Who woulda thunk the backdrop of this central moment in global history would be a decrepit manger (translation: a stinky, shanty unfit for humans)? In a rare display of outright joy, God shared His excitement to the angels who burst into angelic music never before heard by human ears. The angels passed it on to lowly shepherds who went and visited the newborn babe. Mary and Joseph were prophesied that their child would be King. They must have seriously doubted the predictions when they looked at their pitiful surroundings. The visit of the shepherds and their story about the angelic orchestra must have given them the encouragement they needed.

I remember my excitement when my kids were born. I wanted to give my kids the best medical attention, the best everything … in contrast our all powerful God chose to give us the gift of His son wrapped in humble rags. No cigars, no champagne, no victory parade … just curious shepherd visitors.

(Isidro is a jobless drifter who had to hitch for his rides. For weeks I had been looking for an affordable bike to surprise him. The day before our practice, I bought Isidro a brand new bicycle. I was beaming with pride and excitement because Isidro had no clue what I had saved for him at the back of my car. Imagine my heartbreak when he said he didn’t want it.  He said it was too small, too impractical … I was crushed. Isidro’s pride prevented my joy.)

When the child Jesus grew up, few realized HE was God’s gift. They treated Him with disdain. They mocked Him … they killed Him. They rejected God’s gift. Mine was just a bicycle. God’s was His most precious and only begotten son. Think about that for a while.

Time stood still in the choir because I realized that Christmas joy comes from an exchange. It’s in the giving and the receiving. Without that completed transaction, there is no joy. And when we remember the reason for the season and accept THE GIFT, there is joy overflowing. Love and joy come to you — and to you God’s blessings too.

Merry Christmas!

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given”   — Isaiah 9:6

TGIF people!

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20 Comments

  1. Agnes

    December 24, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Thank you for sharing..love it!

    Reply

  2. Sam

    December 24, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Thank you Raoul…you are a blessing to sooooo many people.

    Reply

    • Raoul

      December 24, 2018 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Sam the man!

      Reply

      • Sam

        December 24, 2018 at 8:42 am

        How long ago was that bicycle event happen?

        Reply

        • Raoul

          December 24, 2018 at 8:42 am

          Just last Friday.

          Reply

          • Sam

            December 24, 2018 at 8:59 am

            Wow…sorry if I missed that from you article. Wasn’t sure if it just happened or a long time ago…not that it would matter. But to think it just happened makes it so fresh in our hearts and minds…causing me to think, when have I turned down the love of God?

            Thanks for sharing brother from a different mother…

          • Raoul

            December 24, 2018 at 9:00 am

            Aha! So you got the memo!

            Isn’t it amazing how scripture of old like a diamond can have so many facets to appreciate? Approach it from a different angle and boom! you get another lesson.

            Merry Christmas!

  3. Tom

    December 24, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Spectacular issue , Thanks for the uplift and loved the video regarding the Star of Bethlehem, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    Reply

    • Raoul

      December 24, 2018 at 8:44 am

      Merry Christmas my old time friend. Boy! It’s been about 20 years since we met each other at the NLVBA.

      Enjoy your precious family!

      Reply

      • Tom

        December 24, 2018 at 8:45 am

        I have enjoyed every minute. Your example in making people smile is extraordinary and appreciated.

        Reply

  4. Art

    December 24, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Hi Raoul,

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! God is the one and only !

    Reply

    • Raoul

      December 24, 2018 at 8:43 am

      Amen Art.

      TGIF and Merry Christmas!

      Reply

  5. Heather

    December 24, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Enjoyed your article and the cartoons. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

    Reply

  6. Betty

    December 24, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your dear family!

    Reply

  7. Jennifer

    December 24, 2018 at 8:35 am

    You are corny.

    Merry Christmas Raoul!

    Reply

    • Raoul

      December 24, 2018 at 9:01 am

      What a nice compliment.

      Merry Christmas Jennifer!

      Reply

      • Jennifer

        December 24, 2018 at 9:02 am

        I knew you would take it in the spirit it was intended.
        😇

        Reply

  8. Rick

    December 24, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Good Morning Bro!
    Thank you for the TGIF. I laughed at the “For Lease Navidad”. Enjoy the weekend and of course celebrating Christmas. Please wish the entire family a Merry Christmas for me.
    Thanks again,

    Reply

  9. Don

    December 24, 2018 at 8:37 am

    The real reason for the season.

    Reply

  10. Rene

    December 24, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Hi Raoul,

    Just to let you know I got a copy of your TRAVELING BOY JOKE BOOK.

    I read the whole book in one setting laughing all the time. Good job.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS Traveling Boy.

    Rene

    Reply

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