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Letter to Santa
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Just before Christmas, I was walking thru my daughter’s school hallways looking at the displays of artwork and various class work, when I came across a display of letters to Santa. Among the requests for the latest video games and the hippest Barbie dolls and the coolest Lego sets was a letter that pulled at my heart strings. It read:

Dear Santa,

I am writing you to ask for something that money can’t buy.
All that I really want is to have my brother to like me and to
be nice to me.

Sincerely, Robin

I thought, “That poor little girl! If only her brother knew how much she loved him and longed for his attention!” What would her brother do differently if he knew how his actions hurt his sister?

Often, in our day to day activities we say careless words or commit thoughtless actions against our family members, our neighbors, or our friends. The Bible reminds us to, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10).

How often have you allowed yourself to criticize another person without regard for their feelings or laugh at someone else’s mistakes? How often have you forgotten to help your neighbor in times of sorrow or sickness? How often have you shown indifference to the plight of your brother?

Jesus Simply Loved People

Jesus showed us time and time again during His ministry on this earth how to love others. He didn’t look down on those who were different. Jesus did not condemn those who made mistakes. He simply loved them.

Is there a person in your life who might write a similar letter about you? How would it make you feel? There are no guarantees in this life that tomorrow will come. There are no guarantees in this life that tomorrow we will have the chance to make up for the mistakes we make today.

Take the time each day to make sure those in your life know how much you love and appreciate them. If you have committed a wrong against your brother or sister (neighbor or friend) ask them to forgive you and do what you can to remedy your mistakes.

As the Bible again reminds us, “In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” (Ephesians 4:26). And remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.”

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