Christmas CardHave you sent out Christmas cards this year? They seem to have evolved through the years. It used to be that everyone would send a folded card with a beautiful picture on the outside of the card and a message inside. Then they started including photos and family newsletters or in some cases, the brag report.

From cards with newsletters, we moved to the collage picture card, with a collection of photos telling about the high spots of the year. Now, many people have moved to the electronic Christmas card in order to save time, trees, and money. They get sent out via Facebook or an electronic card company. They can’t make their way to the refrigerator or as some people do, be placed by the Bible to be prayed for throughout the year. It’s simply quick, efficient, and checked off a list.

My favorite Christmas card and letter I receive has always come from Reverend Frank Edwards. He was the pastor of the church I grew up in and was my pastor when I came to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. He would come to youth group, play our whacky games… in a three piece suit, I might add… and he never turned me down when I tried to sell him a candy bar from our youth group fundraiser. His letter inside of his Christmas card tells how he’s doing, but more than anything it is a Christmas sermon. If someone read it aloud, I could close my eyes and see Frank in the pulpit preaching it. It almost always includes Isaiah 9:6,

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

I do love Frank and the way he always uses his Christmas card to point to Jesus. Whether you choose to send out photo cards, folding cards, electronic cards, or no cards at all, make sure all you do this Christmas season points to the Reason for the Season, the One who sits upon the throne, Emmanuel, God with us!