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The Gold Wrapping Paper

22 Dec

In this season of love and giving, may we all remember the beautiful love of a small child. Have a meaningful and love-filled Christmas season and new year ahead. May your days be filled with love, joy, growth, and inspiration.

Merry Christmas from everyone at Mediascope!

 

Once upon a time, there was a man who worked very hard just to keep food on the table for his Gold Present 3
family. This particular year a few days before Christmas, he punished his little five-year-old daughter after learning that she had used up the family’s only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.

As money was tight, he became even more upset when on Christmas Eve he saw that the child had used all of the expensive gold paper to decorate one shoebox she had put under the Christmas tree. He also was concerned about where she had gotten money to buy what was in the shoebox.

Nevertheless, the next morning the little girl, filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father and said, “This is for you, Daddy!”

As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, now regretting how he had punished her.

But when he opened the shoebox, he found it was empty and again his anger flared. “Don’t you know, young lady,” he said harshly, “when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside the package!”

The little girl looked up at him with sad tears rolling from her eyes and whispered: “Daddy, it’s not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was all full.”

The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his precious little girl. He begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later. It is told that the father kept this little gold box by his bed for all the years of his life. Whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems, he would open the box, take out an imaginary kiss, and remember the love of this beautiful child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us has been given an invisible golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

The Meaning of Christmas

19 Dec

In the spirit of Christmas, David Steinquist, owner of Mediascope, Inc., offers these words . . . .

The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is in full swing. For some, we are done with the crowds and packed parking lots at the mall. Maybe we even have all the gifts wrapped and tucked under the tree. For others, we are just getting started, with the resolution again playing through our heads that we won’t wait until the last minute next year. Whichever category you fit into, take a few minutes to relax and reflect. This should help to put the craziness of the season into some perspective.

 

The Meaning of Christmas

Author unknown

 Just a week before Christmas I had a visitor. This is how it happened. I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the  front of the house. I opened the door to the front room and and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out next to the fireplace.

“What are you doing?” I started to ask. The words choked up in my throat and I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager,boisterous soul we all know. He then answered me with a simple statement….

 “TEACH THE CHILDREN”

I was puzzled. What did he mean? He anticipated my question and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood bewildered, Santa said,

“TEACH THE CHILDREN”

“Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten.” 

Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a Fir Tree and placed it before the mantle.“Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man’s thoughts turning toward heaven.”Tree

He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant Star. “Teach the children that the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of His fulfilled promise.”

He then reached into his bag and pulled out a Candle.“Teach the children that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of He who displaces darkness.”

Once again he reached into his bag and removed a Wreath and placed it on the tree. “Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.”

He then pulled from his bag an Ornament of himself. “Teach the children that I, Santa Claus, symbolize the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December.” 

Holly WreathHe then brought out a Holly Leaf. “Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality. It representsthe crown of thorns worn by our Savior. The red holly berries represent the blood shed by Him.”

Next he pulled from his bag a Gift and said, “Teach the children that God so loved the world that he gave his begotten son.” Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.

Santa then reached into his bag and pulled out a Candy Cane and hung it on the tree. “Teach the children that the candy cane represents the shepherd’s crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring back strayed sheep to the flock. The candy cane is the symbol that we are our brother’s keeper.”

He reached in again and pulled out an Angel. “Teach the children that it was the angels that heralded in the glorious news of the Savior’s birth. The angels sang Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward men.”

Suddenly I heard a soft twinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a Bell. “Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell, it should ring mankind into the fold. The bell symbolizes guidance and return.” 

Santa looked back and was pleased. He looked back at me and I saw that the twinkle was back in his eyes. He said, “Remember, teach the children the true meaning of Christmas and do not put me in the center, for I am but a humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to worship him, our Lord, our God.”

Angel 

My prayer for you all is that Christmas is filled with all the joy and gifts of our Savior.  May God bless you, your families, and your friends all throughout the year.

                                                                                                    ~David Steinquist