Today I would like to talk about a book by a certain author. He has written at least 44 books, they are published in 34 different languages, and can be found in homes all over the world. His books are so well respected that he goes by the title Dr. That's right, Dr. Seuss, and the book I would like to discuss is How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
You all know the story. The Grinch lives in a cave with his dog, and he is one of the meanest creatures to ever live. The book says he's as charming as an eel, cuddly as a cactus, and a bad banana with a greasy black peel. This guy is one mean dude, you don't want to touch with a 39 and 1/2 foot pole. In the story it is made well known that the Grinch hates Christmas and everyone who celebrates it. So he devises this plan to ruin Christmas for the cheery people of Whoville, and even drags his poor little dog in to it. On Christmas Eve, the Grinch sneaks into every house in Whoville and steals everything that has to do with Christmas. As he is climbing back up to his cave, positive that he has ruined Christmas for everyone, the book tells us that every Who in Whoville, the tall and the small, were singing without any presents at all. He hadn't stop Christmas from coming, it came. Some how or other, it came just the same. And the Grinch, with his Grinch feet ice-cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons, It came without tags, it came without packages, boxes, or bags. And he puzzled 3 hours, til his puzzler was sore.Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store, Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more.
You see, the Grinch realized that there is something more to Christmas than just decorations and presents. He saw that there was something more to the true meaning of Christmas. So as Christians, what is the true meaning of Christmas, especially with so many different voices speaking to us? Jesus was the fulfillment of a promise, a promise that is at the heart of what we are preparing for. It was a promise that through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we would learn that God is a God of power, but also a God of love, a God of joy, and a God of peace. But, most of all, He is a God whom we can put all of our trust, and all of our hope into. Hold fast to what is inside your heart, that faith and hope in Jesus Christ, Because He has redeemed us from our sins, He removes those things that gets between us and God, and He is the One that gives us hope for a better life, for us, our family, and the whole world.
This season, you will come across Grinches, and they will try to hide the true meaning of Christmas from you, please don't let them. Ask yourself, what is it that I am truly hoping to get on Christmas day, that day we chose to celebrate the birth of Jesus? What is it that God has promised to us and no one can take away? As Christians we know that our faith and hope is in a Child who was born one night to bring us salvation and the promise of life everlasting. Don't let that Grinch steal Christmas from you.......... Amen