A Letter From Jesus

I received this in an email from a friend, and thought it was worth thinking about. Please feel free to comment.

Dear Children,

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking
my name out of the season. Maybe you’ve forgotten that I wasn’t actually
born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors
who decided to celebrate my birthday on what was actually a time of pagan
festival. Although, I do appreciate being remembered anytime.
How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily
understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own.
I don’t care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate my birth, just
GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Now, having said that, let me go on.
If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t allow a scene
depicting my birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen, and
put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all my followers
did that, there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square
because there would be many of them all around town.
Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday
tree, instead of a Christmas tree. Your Christmas tree should be on your
wall all year long, it’s called a Crucifix. It was I who made all trees.
You can, and may remember me any time you see any tree. Decorate a grape
vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching explaining who
I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgot
that one, look up John 15: 1 – 8.
If you want to give me a present in remembrance of my birth, here is my wish
list. Choose something from it.
1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way my birthday is
being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home.
They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell me
all the time.
2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don’t have to know them personally.
They just need to know that someone cares about them.
3. Instead of writing George complaining about the wording on the cards his
staff sent out this year, why don’t you write and tell him that you’ll be
praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up with, “It will be
nice hearing from you again.”
4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can’t afford and they
don’t need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of my birth, and why I
came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that
I love them.
5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own
life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don’t
know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile — it
could make the difference. Also, you might consider supporting the local
Hot-Line: they talk with people like that every day.
7. Instead of nit-picking about what the retailer in your town calls the
holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile
and a kind word. Even if they aren’t allowed to wish you a “Merry
Christmas,” that doesn’t keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping
there on Sunday. If the store didn’t make so much money on that day, they’d
close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families.
8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary, a priest,
a brother, or sister, one who takes my love and good news to those who have
never heard my name. You may already know someone like that.
9. Here’s a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town
who not only will have no “Christmas” tree, but neither will they have any
presents to give or receive. If you don’t know them (and I suspect you
don’t), buy some food and a few gifts and give them to Catholic Charities,
the Marines, the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in me
and they will make the delivery for you.
10. Finally if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty
to me, then behave like a Christian. Don’t do things in secret that you
wouldn’t do in my presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one
of mine.
I LOVE YOU.
Love, Jesus
P.S Don’t forget: I am God and can take care of myself. Just love me and
do what I have told you to do. I’ll take care of all the rest. Check out the
list above and get to work — time is short. I’ll help you, but the ball is
now in your court; And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom
you love and remember.
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