Paul collapsed in his easy chair at home with a sigh. Christmas was over and so was his part-time job as a first-time Santa at the nearby mall.
“Well, Honey, was it worth it playing St. Nick?”
“Lots of fun! At least most of the time. But the most memorable kid to visit Santa’s village caused an all-out quarantine. It was the end-of-the-season grand finale.”
“Oh?” his wife inquired.
“This boy came up to me around lunchtime. He sat on my knee, looked into my eyes and proclaimed, ‘I’m Peter and I want Legos for Christmas.’”
I was curious. But why was he there in the middle of the day when schools were still in session for a few more days? Paul wondered.
“Are you home-schooled?”
“Nope,” the dark-haired boy stated.
“Are you skipping school?”
“Then why are you here on a school day when all the other kids in your grade are in class?”
“The nurse sent me home today. She didn’t want the rest of the kids to get infected,” he explained.
“Yeah. I have pinkeye!”
So while Peter and everyone else were sent home, the Clorox team led hand-to-hand combat in germ warfare at Santa’s village. Paul was called back to work the next day.
And Peter happily skipped home, thoroughly contagious. But while Peter was still infected, Christ loved him. Christ gave Peter a new life and forgiveness as he does for all of us, too.
Often, we may think that the supreme Creator doesn’t have time for us, that he can’t be bothered with us, or that our life is infected. But the birth of a Savior thousands of years ago caught the attention of kings, prophets, shepherds, and a dictator Herod. Through the period of his short ministry, Jesus demonstrated his deity with miracles like curing the mentally and physically ill, feeding thousands the bread of the earth and of the spirit. Most important of all was his being murdered, then coming back to life.
Here is the promise: “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” [Romans 5:7-8 NIV]
Feeling infected today? To God, it doesn’t matter. Come as you are. He’ll leave you clean, fresh, and forgiven.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]