Good News

Sometimes we have wishes and wants that seem so big that they feel like they cannot be met. The Christmas of our sixth-grade year, the overwhelming desire for a bicycle loomed large. Yet in our young minds we knew that it was mathematically, financially impossible for our parents to afford gifts so big.

But even with that knowledge, early Christmas morning, we awoke with glimmers of hope and expectation. Could it be?

We went downstairs as soon as we could get our weary parents up and moving. The tree was sparse. There just had not been money for many gifts. We knew. We even understood, but it did not lessen the pain.

I tried, I really did, to keep the tears from coming. I didn’t want my parents to see my disappointment and sadness. But there were no bikes, there were very few gifts.

Mom looked at me and said, “Gather up the wrappings and take the paper downstairs to the fireplace.”

There wasn’t much, but the living room needed to be cleaned up and the few paper scraps thrown away. I gathered it up, and my brother and I slowly headed down the steps to the fireplace.

Halfway down, I noticed something that was out of place. What was it?

Five, brand-new, shiny, beautiful bicycles and a child’s peddle car were lined up, six amazing gifts, one for each of us six kids.

What? It couldn’t be!

But it was.

The best gift I had received that season, maybe the best gift I had ever received in my young life was resting at the bottom of the steps.

I couldn’t contain it. I had to go and tell. I didn’t even go down to examine my present. I ran back up the steps to share the good news. “We have bikes!”

Two thousand years ago unsuspecting shepherds had just been told that a gift was given. They ran. There, lying in a manger, was the best gift that the shepherds had ever received. It was the best gift the world had ever received.

“So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” Luke 2:16-18

They knew it was too good for them to contain. They went back and shared the good news. “We have a Savior!”

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