Conventional wisdom tells us it’s bad to mix business and religion.  However, I feel that we can make an exception as we move into the holiday season, so please indulge me and see if this resonates.  It’s a little story called…


I had a dream, Joseph.  I don’t understand it, not really, but I think it was about a birthday celebration for our son.  I think that’s what it was all about.

The people had been preparing for it for about six weeks.  They had decorated the house and bought new clothes.  They’d gone shopping many times and bought elaborate gifts.

It was peculiar, though, because the presents weren’t for our son.  They wrapped them in beautiful paper, tied them with lovely bows and stacked them under a tree.

Yes, Joseph, a tree right in their house.  They’d decorated the tree also.  The branches were full of glowing balls and sparkling ornaments.  There was a figure on the top of the tree that looked like an angel might look.

Oh, it was beautiful!  Everyone was laughing and happy.  They were all excited about the gifts.  They gave the gifts to each other, Joseph, not to our son.  I don’t think they even knew him.  They never mentioned his name.

Doesn’t it seem odd for people to go to all that trouble to celebrate someone’s birthday if they don’t know him?  I had the strangest feeling that if our son had gone to this celebration, he would would have been intruding.

Everything was so beautiful, Joseph, and everyone so full of cheer, but it made me want to cry.  How sad for Jesus – not to be wanted at his own birthday celebration.  I’m glad it was only a dream.  How terrible, Joseph, if it had been real!”

Have a wonderful, safe and fulfilling holiday season.

Jeff Mehl

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