Someone Else’s Christmas Miracles
Last December, Marty was preparing to speak on Sunday. Saturday night, he walked out of his office and said, “Before I start tomorrow, why don’t you encourage the people along the lines of how you have been praying for miracles in this Christmas season.” I nodded like a sweet, obliging helpmate, not wanting to infect him with any “badditude” during his preparation. One of the ways I sometimes demonstrate mercy is by not saying everything I’m thinking. (Some folks reading this article can probably appreciate that more than others.) As he walked back to his office, I continued thinking, “I’m not caught up in a forward momentum over that particular prayer this day after Christmas!” Yes, it was still the season, but God had missed my deadlines for those prayers. I wasn’t in a throw-down fit over that, but I was in a sit-down, back to the drawing board discouragement. I mumbled to the Lord that I hadn’t seen a miracle in the Christmas season in any of the targets in my scope. I even added, “But Lord, I’m still willing to rejoice over anybody’s miracle, my Church of Christ friend’s or my Lutheran friend’s or even a Democrat’s!
(This is the first excerpt from Kathy Gabler’s article “Christmas Miracles“. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)