After the Christmas Eve services, I made a quick stop at Target. The checker asked me, "How has your Christmas been so far?"
"So far, good," I told him. "Just had our three worship services."
"What did you talk about?"
I smiled and told him, "Christmas."
"Yeah," he said, "but what did you say? Can you give me something?"
"Well," I told him, "I said that Christmas isn't about 'cute,' even though that's what we try to make it. Christmas was D-Day, God invading the world to free us from sin and death."
"That's really good," he told me, as he reached out his hand to give me a slap-shake. "Have a good Christmas!"
I guess I preached the Christmas Eve sermon four times tonight. And if it worked any of those times, it was God Who did it.
It's gratifying to be in His hands!
[Blogger Mark Daniels is pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.]