Merry Christmas to all our friends and readers!!!
The following is a news item that surfaced today in the mainstream media–basically you could say it’s the story of a woman who followed the teachings of Christ and got fired from her job for it….
Dalene Bowden, Idaho Cafeteria Worker Fired Over Hungry Student’s Free Meal, Offered Job Back
A school cafeteria worker allegedly fired after she gave a hungry student a free lunch has been offered her job back, the Idaho school district involved said.
Dalene Bowden, a server at Irving Middle School in Pocatello, told NBC affiliate KPVI in Idaho that she gave a hot meal to a 12-year-old girl with no lunch money who said she was hungry on Dec. 15.
If you go on and read the rest of the story you’ll see that the offer to reinstate her did not come until after considerable “outrage” sparked on social media and a petition drive that gathered 74,000 signatures. Only at this point, it seems, did the school district made the decision to give her her job back.
There may be more to the story than has been reported, but I can’t help feeling that Jesus likely would have yelled “hypocrites!” at the school district management. Dalene Bowden’s story also reminds me of the tale of the poor widow told of in Luke chapter 21. You probably remember it. Jesus is teaching in the temple one day, discussing such things as whether or not it’s right to pay taxes to Caesar and warning of the “teachers of the Law” who invariably seem to want to “devour widows’ houses,” when suddenly his attention is drawn:
As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
We measure people’s worth by what’s in their hearts, not what’s in their wallets, their bank accounts or their stock portfolios.
Luke also, of course, tells us the story of Jesus’ birth. The world was blessed indeed on the night this baby was born…
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Of course if we make a trip to Bethlehem this year, we will run into a wall…
Yet obviously, as we can see from the above video, Christ’s influence continues to be felt today. And sometimes I think that this, more than anything else, is what drives the Israelis so bonkers.
Seeing Bethlehem as it is today, kind of makes you wonder what it must have been like then…and especially on that night of so long ago when that baby was born…
Even Muslims, who after all do revere Jesus, are in the Christmas spirit! Bless this gentleman for his gifts to the homeless!
The character of the “Little Drummer Boy” never actually made it into the New Testament narratives of the birth of Jesus, yet the story told–in the song written by Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941–has captured the human imagination universally. Here are three different interpretations of the song…
Vote for your favorite version by posting a comment below!
“O Holy Night” is one of the most difficult songs to sing because there are so many high notes. I don’t know much about David Phelps, but you can visit his website here. What I can tell you, is that he sure can sing!
Nice song, beautiful imagery…may the glory of Christmas be yours!