Jelly of the Month Club

Posted: December 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

     Most of you have seen the movie “Christmas Vacation” and remember the pivotal scene when Clark Griswold (played by Chevy Chase) opens the much anticipated Christmas gift from his employer.  Instead of a large cash bonus (which he has already spent as a down payment on a swimming pool), he receives a subscription to the Jelly of the Month Club.  The rant that follows is a classic.  I was reminded of this (to a point) yesterday when we reclarkceived our corporate Christmas envelopes at work.  I had been told of the gift given to the hourly employees, a $100 gift card, and was hoping that we (the salaried employees) would get the same, as is the norm.  I opened my envelope and was somewhat disappointed to see a certificate for a free fleece, emblazoned with the company logo.  “A chance to provide free advertising … you shouldn’t have.” I honestly do appreciate the fact that I got a gift at all, and fortunately unlike Clark Griswold, it was not something I was counting on to make a difference in my life.

     You see, as humans we are flawed.  Our gift giving is not always perfect.  They say it’s the thought that counts, but often the thought is “I need to get something, anything  … quick.”  We even fail as gift recipients.  We compare, keep score and sometimes don’t appreciate something that was given with a lot of thought and effort. 

     The good news is that God has a gift for each of us this Christmas.  It’s perfect for you, just what you needed.  It was given with a lot of thought and the price was steep.  But you are worth it.  Humanity was broken and separated from God.  So he sent his Son to pay for our mistakes and failures.  Jesus is the gift, the bridge between us and God, our peace and our hope.  All you need to do is accept the gift.

     This Christmas, give gifts to your friends and family with the best intentions and as much thought and care as you can.  Receive your gifts with grace even if they’re ugly ties or, heaven forbid, a jelly club subscription.   And remember to save a place in your heart for the true gift of Christmas.

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