I’m sure that most of you have read the story of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” If you haven’t read the story, perhaps you have seen the movie. If so, you will remember how everyone in Who-ville loved Christmas. Everyone, that is, except the Grinch. The Grinch hated Christmas and made up a plan to spoil the joy of Christmas in Who-ville. His plan was to dress up as Santa Claus and go into Who-ville and steal all of their Christmas presents, all of their Christmas trees, and even the food for their Christmas dinner.
What a terrible thing to do! Do you know why the Grinch hated Christmas so much? Well, according to the story, it was because his heart was 2 sizes too small! He was so selfish that he hated to see anyone else who was happy and enjoying themselves. But, as you know, the Grinch’s plan did not work. Why? Because the people in Who-ville knew that the real joy of Christmas does not come from the presents, decorations, and food — it comes from a heart filled with love.
There all kinds of Grinches in our Christmas stories that are trying to steal Christmas. There is the Abominable snowman in rudolph, and Scrooge in the Christmas carol. But I WANT TO TELL YOU OF THE VERY FIRST GRINCH. This “Grinch” was a king by the name of Herod.
After Jesus was born, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem and asked where they could find the child who had been born to be the king of the Jews. “We have seen his star in the sky and want to worship him” they said. When Herod heard about this, he told the men that when they found the child, they should come back and tell him where the child was so that he could worship him too. The truth is, Herod didn’t really want to worship Jesus, he wanted to kill him. Why? Perhaps his heart was too small! Herod was so selfish that he was afraid Jesus would become more popular than he was and perhaps even take over his kingdom.
Well, Herod’s plan to kill Jesus didn’t work. After the wise men found Jesus and gave him gifts, an angel told them about Herod’s plan and they went back home without telling Herod where they had found Jesus. An angel also appeared to Joseph and warned him of Herod’s plan and told him to take Mary and the baby Jesus to Egypt where they would be safe.
And so, we see that since the very first Christmas, Grinches have been trying to steal the joy of Christmas. And you may meet a grinch trying to steal your Christmas joy. It will never work — unless your heart is too small. Make sure that your heart is big enough to share the love and joy of Christmas with everyone you meet — not just at Christmas — but all year long.
Dear Father, we thank you for the joy that Jesus brings. Help us to share that joy with everyone we meet. In Jesus Name we pray, amen.
When I was a child in school, one of the things that the teacher taught us was how to tell time. We had a big cardboard clock which would allow the teacher to move the hands so that we could learn to tell time. The small hand on the clock tells you the hour and the big hand tells you the minutes. Do you know how to tell time using a clock like this? If the big hand is on twelve and the little hand is on four, what time is it? That’s right it is four o’clock. Most of us don’t use a clock like this anymore, most of us use a digital clock. A digital clock tells you both the hour and the minutes using numbers, such as 11:15. That’s much easier, isn’t it?
No matter what kind of clock we use, most of us look at it many times each day to check to see what time it is. If we know how to tell time, we look at the clock to see if it is almost time for school to be over. Or we look to see it it is time for our favorite television show. Sometimes we look and notice it is past our bedtimes, and we hope our parents wont see so we can stay up and play a little longer!
This Sunday marks the beginning of a very special TIME called Advent. Do you know what Advent means? The dictionary says that advent is “the coming of something very important.”
Can you tell me what is coming that is so special? CHRISTMAS!
Yes, we are looking forward to that, the birth of Jesus is very special.
But did you know we are looking forward to the coming of another very important event?
It is The return of Jesus!
The Bible says….No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only GOD the Father. So you also must be ready, because the Jesus, will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
” Wow! If we don’t know when he is coming, how are we going to be ready?
By doing the things that Jesus would want us to be doing — loving one another, caring for the sick, feeding the hungry, and helping the poor. If we are doing those things, we will be ready when he comes.
Come to think of it, those are also the very same things that we should be doing to get ready for the celebration of Christmas! Instead of thinking about what we are going to get, we should be thinking about what we can give.
Dear Jesus, we look forward to the day when you return. Help us to live in such a way that we will be ready when you come. Amen.
At MOPS, we provide a friendly and fun place for mothers to relax, encourage and learn from one another about how to handle this rewarding, but sometimes tough time in our lives. At a typical MOPS meeting, moms can share in delicious snacks, adult conversation, fabulous speakers, and fun, creative activities. Not to mention gab time with the girls! It’s a great place to re-energize and connect with other moms.
MOPS meets the first and third Wednesday of the month, starting Sept. 21st, and includes MOPPETTS (childcare). for children ages birth to 1st grade. For 2nd to 5th graders, Dr. Jim Cochran offers the Alleluia Choir. Child check in starts at 5:15 pm and Mops will go to 7:00 pm. Spaces for the moppets is limited so please make a reservation for children early.
MOPs annual Registrations fee is $25, Bi-monthly meeting cost is $10.00
For any questions or to reserve your space, contact Michaele Bowman (239) 777-4275 or Heather Mikes (239) 287-7590