Merry Christmas

On December 17, 1903 at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Wilbur & Orville Wright became the first people to demonstrate the sustained flight of a heavier-than-air machine under complete control of a pilot.  The first flight lasted only 12 seconds and covered just 120 feet.  The longest flight of the day was airborne for 57 seconds and covered 852 feet.  Later that same day the Wright Brothers sent a telegraph to their father, Bishop Milton Wright, back home in Dayton, NC.  The telegram read, "SUCCESS!  Four flights Thursday morning all against twenty-one mile wind.  Started from level ground with engine power alone.  Average speed through the air thirty-one miles, longest 57 seconds.  Inform Press.  Home for Christmas."  History tells us that when Mr. Wright read the telegram he shouted, "The boys will be home for Christmas!"  When I read this, it humored me that Mr. Wright had seemingly missed the point!  History had been made, yet his focus was on Wilbur and Orville coming home for Christmas.

When I look around at all of the decorations, sales, stores staying open all night for hours on end it seems that we are also missing the point.  I love Christmas, but there's more to it than presents and family - although I enjoy both!  For me, Christmas is also about the love of a Father so deep that He would send His only Son to save me.  History, yet so much more than just history, was made over 2,000 years ago in a little town called Bethlehem.  A baby was born to Mary and Joseph.  This baby would grow to have a powerful influence on mankind that is still celebrated all over the world on Christmas Day.  I need to pause long enough to thank my heavenly Father for this perfect gift.

Isaiah 9:6-7 "For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.  The government will rest on his shoulders.  And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  His government and its peace will never end.  He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.  The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen."

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