Since Christmas is a time for sharing and since I love a good story, here is my offering to you, this year. This is probably on of my favorite Christmas stories. In his book Crazy Love, Francis Chan shares the Robynsons’ story. It has a particularly poignant way of summing-up what Christmas is all about.
We all have various Christmas traditions. Few of us probably have a tradition quite like the Robynson family’s.
This family of five, with three kids under the age of ten, chooses to celebrate the birth of Christ in a unique way. On Christmas mornings, instead of focusing on the presents under the tree, they make pancakes, brew an urn of coffee, and head downtown. Once there, they load the coffee and food into the back of a red wagon. Then, with the eager help of their three-year-old, they pull the wagon around the mostly empty streets in search of homeless folks to offer a warm and filling breakfast on Christmas morning.
All three of the Robynson kids look forward to this time of giving a little bit of tangible love to people who otherwise would have been cold and probably without breakfast. Can you think of a better way to start the holiday that celebrates the God who is Love?
Christmas is not primarily about me – it is about the Saviour who came – incarnate – to be among us in order to demonstrate God’s saving love. Though a King, He came as a servant, in such a conspicuous and humble manner.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!’ PHILIPPIANS 2:5-8
This family ‘gets it’ and choses to live the ‘upside-down’ values of the Kingdom of God. How courageous and how enticing. What will I DO to live like that for His renown and for the encouragement of others?