I’m sure Max Lucado is an avid reader of my blog :) so I must apologize to him up front … I have a confession to make. I absolutely loved your first two books, “God Came Near” and “No Wonder They Call Him the Savior,” but after those two all your other books paled in comparison. Sorry.

Actually in Max’s book “God Came Near” there is a chapter called “Christmas Night” that has always pulled at my heart strings at this time of year. Every year this special chapter is unpacked with our Christmas stuff and placed on the refrigerator or somewhere close in our home. I’m then reminded by this story just how special this time of year is. Here’s how the chapter goes …

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME. A time for Christmas cards, stockings, tinsel, and that smell of fresh cut Christmas trees. Spiced tea. Cranberry sauce. A time when you will eat until you’re sick, and then some way, work in dessert. A time when old, dusty Christmas records are gotten out for one more year’s use. A time when you will hear, over and over, Frosty the Snowman, White Christmas, and Silent Night.

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME. A time when lots of last minute trips are made to the store. A time when kids and grand-kids will rip open the packages you spent hours wrapping. A time when giving is more fun than getting. “Thank you so much.” “You shouldn’t have!” Knee-deep in wrapping paper. “It fits great.” Flashing cameras. “Don’t throw away any of those bows.” It’s the time for families, visiting, playing games, and being kind.

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME. A time when the world is so different, you have to stop and ask, “Why, why the sudden change?” It’s because it’s the time when the world stops to think of Jesus. Those who pass through the year without seeing Him, suddenly see Him. All of a sudden He’s everywhere. For just a while Christ will be the Lord to people everywhere, and then, like the rest of the Christmas things, He will be packed away until next year.

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME. But in just a little while lights will come down, trees will be thrown out. Size 36 will be exchanged for size 40, wrapping paper will go on sale for half price. Soon life will be normal again. December’s generosity will turn into January’s payments and the magic will soon fade.

BUT IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME. And for a moment the magic is still in the air. And for a moment the forgotten Christ is still remembered. And for a moment I stop to pray, that those who briefly behold Him now, will also look for Him in July. And for a moment I can’t help but think: If He can do so much with such a self-centered world in December, how much more could He do if He was thought of every day of the year?

I love this time of year, don’t you?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. DJG says:

    I do love all the parts where people are generous and good to each other and their focus on Jesus.

    There are parts I don’t like so much….but I can look past them. so YES I LOVE this time of year!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well first off thanks for writing..
    I would have to agree with your last statement on how much more He could do if he was thought of everyday of the year. We do often over look Christ and I think Christmas is our time to catch up on good deeds and spending more time with God.

  3. max says:

    you are one of my favorite writers. merry christmas


  4. TREY MORGAN says:

    Donna – I hear you loud and clear.

    Allix – Thanks for chewing on my yesterday about not blogging :)

    Max – Sorry, hope you’re not to hurt :)


  5. Jeff Slater says:

    Yes, I love this time of year!

    Actually, I think Lucado’s first book was On The Anvil. I agree with you — his first few books were his best. But he continues to bless me with his writing.

    Merry Christmas to the Morgan family!

  6. Greg says:

    Max will never do better than “No Wonder They Call Him the Savior.” I’ve had a difficult time this year getting into the spirit of Christmas season, but I think when our daughter comes home tomorrow, it will help. Next year (Lord willing) when the grandson is old enough to enjoy this season, I’ll probably be insanely and embarrassingly into the spirit!

  7. TREY MORGAN says:

    Jeff & Greg – A bunch of preachers agreeing is scary. I remember “On the Anvil” being his first. And of the three mentioned, “No Wonder they Call Him the Savior” is my favorite. It might be because it’s the first Lucado book I ever read. I was young and seeking to know my Savior and this book opened my eyes to a Jesus I’d never heard of while growing up.

    As for your grandson … next year he’ll be undecorating the Christmas tree. :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    It’s to bad that Christmas is the only days that some celebrate the trilogy, and the grace God bestowed us with his love. I like Max Lucado’s books, too. But if we searched the scriptures everyday, then wouldn’t it be Christmas everyday?

  9. jel says:

    is that a fruitcake i see you with ? fancy one 2 :)

  10. Bill says:

    Sorry for the the off topic comment. But, as we turn our hearts toward family and friends during the Christmas holiday, I wanted to let you to know that I am thankful for blessing of many new friends I’ve come to “know” here in blogland. The tie that binds us is our shared love for and devotion to the Savior whose birth we remember during this special time of the year. May your days be full of holiday blessings; and, may your heart be filled with the warmth of His presence.

    Spiritual Oasis Blog

  11. craig says:

    Trey, as always good reminders. Your words have blessed me over the last several months. thanks. and by the way, watch your back. i hear Max has put a hit out on you.

  12. preacherman says:

    I am done with all the Christmas parties for the boys!!!! :-). I can now relax. Christmas sermon on Sunday! I can’t wait! :-). I love this time of year.

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