The Perfect Gift

  “Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck,

How to live in a world that’s Politically Correct?
His workers would no longer answer to “Elves.”
“Vertically Challenged” they were calling themselves.
And labor conditions at the North Pole,
Were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.
Four reindeer had vanished without much propriety,
Released to the wild by the Humane Society.
And equal employment had made it quite clear,
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.
So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid
Were replaced with four pigs–and did that look stupid!
The runners had been removed from his Sleigh;
The ruts were deemed dangerous by the E.P.A.
And people had started to call the cops,
When they heard sled noises on their roof tops.
The second-hand pipe smoke had his workers quite frightened,
And his fur-trimmed suit was “unenlightened.”
And to show you the strangeness of life’s ebbs and flows,
Rudolph was suing over unauthorized use of his nose.
And gone on Jay Leno in front of the whole nation,
Demanding millions in overdue compensation.
And as far gifts, why he’d never had a notion,
That making a choice could cause so much commotion.
Nothing of leather, nothing of fur,
Which meant nothing for him and nothing for her.
Nothing that might be construed to pollute.
Nothing to aim and nothing to shoot.
Nothing that clamored or made lots of noise.
Nothing for just girls or just for the boys.
Nothing that claimed to be gender specific.
Nothing that’s war-like or non-pacifistic.
No candy or sweets…they are bad for the tooth.
Nothing that seemed to embellish a truth.
And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,
Were like Ken and Barbie–better off hidden.
For they raised the hackles of those psychological,
Who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.
No baseball, no football…someone could get hurt.
Besides, playing sports exposed kids to dirt.
Dolls were said to be sexist and should be passé,
And video games would rot your entire brain away.
So Santa just stood there, disheveled and perplexed;
He just could not figure out what to do next.
He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,
But you’ve got to be careful with that word today.
His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;
Nothing fully acceptable could be found.
Something special was needed, a gift that he might
Give to all without angering the Left or the Right.
A gift that would satisfy with no indecision,
Each group of people, every religion.
Every ethnicity, every hue,
Everyone everywhere…even you.
So here is the gift, it’s price beyond worth,
May you and your loved ones enjoy Peace on Earth!!      
     ~~ Author Unknown~~
     As you observe the world scene today, there is not a whole lot of “Peace on Earth.” It is desperately needed, but how can it be achieved? On the night of Jesus’ birth, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared before shepherds who were watching over their flocks on the hills near Bethlehem and said, “‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased'” (Lk. 2:10-14).  Before Jesus went to the Cross, He told His disciples, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (Jn. 14:27). 
     The only way that there can be “peace on earth” is for the “Prince of Peace,” Jesus Christ, to be here ruling, which one day He will be. Until then, there will be wars, and rumors of wars and turmoil and hatred and injustice and fear and tension.  But until that time, inner peace is available to anyone who will receive God’s “Perfect Gift,” Jesus Christ, as Savior and Lord of their life. The Apostle Paul wrote: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ro. 5:1).  The word translated “peace” means “to bind together that which had been separated; i.e., to bring about a reconciliation.” When we trust Christ for eternal life, we are no longer His enemies, alienated from Him, but are brought back into a right relationship with Him. We have “peace with God.” And then, we can also experience on a daily basis the “peace of God” by depending upon Him for all things. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6,7). God gives us His peace, the peace which is part of His very nature, a peace which is not dependent upon circumstances, people or things. Yes, “peace” is the perfect gift, but it is only available in the person of Christ. He is our peace. Now that is the Good News the world needs today.
      May the peace of Christ bring you joy and happiness this Christmas and every day.
                        Forever His,
                            Pastor Dave

About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.
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