TITLE: The Invitation 12-7-13
By Cynthia G. Peoples
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By: Cynthia Peoples
Destiny had put it off as long as she could. Christmas was only one week away and she hadn’t even begun to do any shopping or made any preparations at all for the season. She was totally alone this year and she just could not seem to get in the holiday spirit at all.
Everywhere she went beautiful Christmas lights and decorations were displayed and every store seemed to be playing Christmas music of some sort. But all Destiny thought about was the cost, the hassle, and the stress that seems to accompany the Christmas season for so many people these days.
“I think I’ll just skip Christmas all together,” Destiny told her friend Darla as they sat across the kitchen table from each other.
“You can’t do that,” replied Darla, “Why don’t you spend Christmas with me and my family. We’d love to have you join us this year.”
“I appreciate it,” Destiny replied, “But I’d rather just be alone and stay at home.”
“Well, okay,” said Darla, “But how about at least going to church with us tomorrow? We’re having our Christmas play.”
Destiny wrapped her hands around her coffee cup and shrugged. “I don’t know”, she replied. “Like I said, I’d rather just skip it altogether.”
“Okay,” Darla replied, “But if you change your mind just let me know. We would love for you to go with us and Kevin is actually playing the main part in the program. It’s about a little boy that’s standing in line to see Santa and then all of a sudden he asks “Where’s the line to see Jesus?”
“Oh, that’s so sweet,” replied Destiny, “You give him a hug for me and tell him I said I’m very proud of him.”
“Will do,” said Darla as she got up from the table preparing to leave. “And I’m going to be praying that you change your mind.”
Destiny smiled as she stood up too. “Thanks,” she said, “I need all the prayers I can get right now.”
Later on that night as Destiny lie in bed trying to go to sleep all she could think about was what Darla had said about the little boy standing in line to see Santa and asking where the line to see Jesus was. Tears filled her eyes and for the first time in a long time she began to pray.
“Lord, I’m so sorry! Christmas is not about buying presents or even just spreading good cheer, it’s about you Lord and what you did for us. You gave us the most precious gift of all on that Christmas morning long ago when Jesus was born. And you sent HIM to die for our sins on that old rugged cross so that we might have everlasting life. I’m so sorry Lord, please forgive me!”
The next morning Destiny woke up with a smile on her face. Now she wanted to go shopping, she wanted to hear Christmas music, and she couldn’t wait to go to the Christmas program tonight. She picked up the phone and dialed Darla’s number.
“Hi, Darla, it’s me,” Destiny said, “I’ve changed my mind. I would like to go to the Christmas program with you and your family. What time do I need to be there?”
“Oh, that’s great!” replied Darla, “We’ll pick you up around 6 and I’m so glad you changed your mind.”
“Yeah, you must have done some powerful praying,” laughed Destiny, “I feel like a brand new person this morning and I’ll see you at 6.”
“Okay,” replied Darla, “See you then.”
Destiny hung up the phone and ran to her closet to choose what she wanted to wear that evening. Now, she was actually looking forward to spending time with her friends and seeing the Christmas play.
The play was incredible and confirmed everything that the Holy Spirit had witnessed to Destiny about the night before. Because Christmas truly isn’t about standing in line to see Santa; it’s about standing in line to see Jesus!
Have you seen Jesus and accepted God’s precious gift of His only son? If not, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=OExXItDyWEY&vq=medium to watch the music video Where’s the line to See Jesus? It’s amazing and can change not only your attitude about the Christmas season but it can change your life too!
After you’ve watched the video please visit our Faith Writers Jesus page at: http://faithwritersjesuspage.weebly.com/ to learn more about this Good News and the invitation!
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