When It's Picture Not So Perfect

    The sky is blanketed with murky gray clouds, and there is a bite to the wind. This is not the sixty degree sunny Christmas the weatherman predicted. But this is Michigan. We’re used to the weather having a mind of its own.

    The Christmas at my house didn’t go as planned, and it wasn’t just the weather. The morning dawned with a phone call from the hospital. My father had arrived there by ambulance and was seriously ill. I left the house and last minute prep for our family Christmas in the hands of my teenagers. Sitting in the ICU, presents, cookies and decorations faded into the background. I needed to concentrate on saying good-bye to my father.

    I thought of his gifts under the tree that he would never open. He would never receive the sweater jacket I bought or any other gift from me. But he was about to receive the best gift anyone can get: eternal  life.

    A relationship with Jesus and living your life after death with Him is a gift you do not want to leave unwrapped.

    It does not matter if your Christmas or your life is not picture perfect. What matters is what you believe about Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life! He who believes in Me, though he die, yet he shall live.” (John 11:25 MKJ)

    If you have never asked Jesus into your life, don’t hesitate or ignore His invitation. Perfect is an illusion when it comes to our attempts to achieve it. Perfect in the hands of Jesus is heaven.


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