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Blog: Tom Job

A Note From Tom: December 15th, 2011

CCC Oak Ridge

Hey, everyone!

Hope you’re having an awesome, praise-filled, peace-filled week before Christmas!

I was reading this article that said that if Santa’s reindeer where going to hit every home in the world in one night (calculating for all the time zones changes) they would still have to travel at 650 mile per second! But if anyone could do it, they could! Reindeer can outrun humans when they’re only one day old!

And I say, let ‘em do it!

I remember one Christmas eve, worried about the disparity of piles around the Christmas tree, I was dashing to West Town at 3:45 in the afternoon…of Christmas Eve!.

And I started to scream!

Was it at the traffic? At the pressure? Out of fright because of an unexpected visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past?  I never found out. I just decided, “Wow, dude. You’re losing it…”

You know that song, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”? It’s really kinda true! In some ways, Christmas-wise, the littler, the merrier!

I don’t even remember what I was speeding to K-town to get! Somehow it was worth risking my life for at the time, but I can’t even remember what it was! As a matter of fact, one in three Americans can’t remember ONE THING they got for Christmas last year!

I do know Someone Who will never forget some Christmas presents, tho!

I’ve been hearing a lot this year, “Why all the shopping for everyone? Why all the wish-lists? It’s not your birthday!” I guess that’s a good point.

Christmas is to remember the birth of our Lord! In lots of carols we sing about bringing Him gifts at His birth.

“What can I give Him, 


Poor as I am?


If I were a shepherd


I would bring a lamb,


If I were a wise man


I would do my part,


Yet what I can I give Him, 


I will give my heart.
 

Or how ‘bout…

“I have no gift to bring. Pa rum pum pum pum

I’ll play my drum for Him. Pa rum Pum Pum pum…”

But when it gets down to it, how do you buy something for Him?

What do you get for the One Who truly has everything?!

In Matthew 25, our Lord, said, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink...Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

When you give to those who have little…or all they have is trouble…you give to Him! Jonathan Edwards believed that God has left poor people in the world to be His “receivers”. Giving to them is giving to Him! They accept presents and for our Lord, Christmas is merrier! You can almost hear Him say, “Just what I always wanted!”

This Christmas soooooooo many of y’all gave Christmas gifts to Him by giving gifts for India! 35 orphan kids will go to school this year because of you! 350 widows will have new clothes this Christmas because of you!

Victor wrote to me this week…

“My dear brother Tom,

I am so thrilled to hear this news from you and I thank the Lord so

much for giving such a friend like you and the church who loves the

Lord and especially the love that they have for me and the ministry in

India….

When I saw your letter I am so happy and my eyes with tears to see the love you all have for me and the ministry here in India.  Thanks so much once again.

Please convey our heartfelt thanks and wishes to all the members at triple C.

Affectionately yours in His ministry,

Victor”

Wow!

How thankful I am to have the honor of working at a place like C3! To walk through this life with folks like you all! With hearts sooooo big and love sooooo deep for Jesus and His “least of these”, so dear to Him!

And He will never forget what He received for Christmas from you!!

Check this Christmas verse…

“God will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them!” (Hebrews 6.10)

In your heart you can almost hear Him say, “Gifts for My orphans! And for My widows! Just what I always wanted!”

Merry Christmas, everyone!