Christmas Memories – Advent Devotion
December 5, 2020
Santa at the Jewel
By Kathy Guagliardo
When I was young, my family lived in Wheeling, Illinois. I can remember my parents taking me to see Santa at the local Jewel (Supermarket) shopping center. I also remember that there was some kind of a wood ramp outside that kids would walk up to see Santa and sit on his lap. Then parents could take pictures of their kids with Santa.
I recall Santa always being very nice to me and listened to me patiently as I told him what I wanted for Christmas. It wasn’t until many years later that I found out that Santa was actually my Uncle Carl.
As I’ve gotten older, I have found that one of the most important things I can do when I’m with someone is to listen. Not interrupt and give my opinion or try and be a problem solver; just listen.
You may have noticed that earlier I said that Santa (My Uncle Carl) was always nice to me, as he was to all of the children. Most importantly, Uncle Carl was a patient listener. It’s not a trait we’re born with; it has to be learned.
In the Bible reading above, I chose for this devotion you just read, James says we must be “Quick” to listen. James says that it’s essential to listen to others, and it’s crucial we listen to God. God expects us to not only listen to and read His Word but also do what it says.
What use is it if we listen to God but don’t do anything with what He says? God says, “Love your neighbor.” Who’s your neighbor? Everyone. How’s that going for you?
God says, “Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, soul, and mind.” Are You?
We need to listen to others’ needs, wants, and problems, always being empathetic. It’s also important to listen to God and follow through on what He’s saying to you.
I sure wish everyone could be a great listener like Uncle Carl.