In the 1947 movie The Bishop’s Wife, actor David Niven, playing the part of a minister, delivers a sermon to his congregation on Christmas Eve. The message is as timely today as it was back then – 70 years ago.
Tonight, I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking. Once upon a midnight clear, there was a Child’s cry. A blazing star hung over a stable, and wise men came with birthday gifts.
We haven’t forgotten that night down through the centuries. We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts. But, especially, with gifts. We buy them and wrap them and put them under the tree. I give you a book; you give me a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer, and Uncle Harry could do with a new pipe. Oh, we forget no one – adult or child. All the stockings are filled.
All that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up. A stocking for the Child born in a manger. It’s His birthday we’re celebrating. Don’t let us ever forget that!
Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most, and then, let each put in his share – warm hearts, loving kindness, and an outstretched hand of tolerance. All the shining gifts that make peace on earth.
Here’s to the Reason for the Season, Dear Readers! Jesus Christ, our Savior, is born!