Sammy misses his birthday

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 1 Timothy 1:15

Sunday was going to be Sammy’s birthday and everyone in the family was excited. They had been decorating for weeks and planning the festivities of that great day.

Sammy’s mother had already informed him that they would be going gift shopping on Saturday. He woke up that morning anxious to tell his mother all he wanted. After breakfast he changed his clothes and soon they were in the car racing to the mall. He thought for sure he would get a chance to tell his mother all the things he wanted.  But before he could start his mother started rattling off all the many dishes she had already prepared in preparation for his birthday.

“Sammy, I am so excited I prepared your father’s favorite, lasagna and for your sister I made candied yams and of course I didn’t forget my personal favorite roast beef. Your Aunt Sally is coming so of course I didn’t forget corn on the cob dripping with butter. Oh how she loves that.”  Something is not right Sammy thought “it’s my birthday and I prefer chicken and rice. Nobody asked me what I wanted”

The car pulled into the parking lot and Sammy thought for sure he would get a chance to tell his mother what he wanted. But his mother did not seem interested. She was buying all kinds of stuff but not what Sammy wanted. Then she entered the toy store. Sammy could hardly contain the excitement. He was just about to tell his mother about the race car he wanted when his mother picked up a doll. Sammy blurted out, “Mom I don’t want a doll”. She casually responded “I know dear this doll is for Ruth”. She kept picking out toys and soon it was over. But no race car was bought that day.

Sunday morning came and Sammy knew for sure everyone would come just to see him and celebrate his birthday.  Sammy stood near the door just to be sure everyone could see him. The guest started arriving. They came bearing delicious foods to add to the festivities. Some brought something just for mom on account of not having seen her in such a long time. Others felt sorry for Sammy’s sister and brought her something. Sammy started to worry that there might not be any gifts for him. It also bothered him that no one seemed to see him standing there.

After dinner Sammy felt awfully tired and decided to take a nap. Just a short one he wouldn’t want to miss the celebration. Well his mother would wake him up any way.

Sammy woke up all on his own. The house was strangely quiet and dark. “How long had I been asleep”, he thought. He started walking around the house and his heart dropped. All of the guests were gone and his parents had gone to bed.

Sammy woke up his mom and asked “what happened to the song, the cake and the gifts?” Mom calmly responded, “you were asleep dear and we didn’t want to wake you up. Don’t worry Sammy there’s always next year”.

I wonder if Christ feels like Sammy when we buy a gift for everyone on our list, but never consider what Christ wants from us. I wonder if Christ feels like Sammy when we find many exciting things to do around Christmas time, but never go to church. I wonder if Christ feels like Sammy when we make the effort to tell everyone how much they mean to us around the holidays, but never thank Him for coming to this world and giving His life for us.

More verses

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

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