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Don't Forget the Crown                             December 18, 2013

Dear friends,

One minute I was enjoying my lunch.  The next minute I realized something was
wrong.  At first I thought it was a pebble.  There was something small and hard in
my sandwich.  As I pulled the object out of my mouth I realized that I had chipped
a tooth.

Before I knew what I was doing I threw it in the trash.  Then the thought hit me
that I might need that piece of tooth if I hoped to have my million dollar smile
back.  It was too late though.  I wasn't going to put anything that came out of the
trash back into my mouth.  

Fortunately I didn't have any pain and the chip was not visible.  I called the dentist
and made an appointment to have it looked at.  That's when the song popped into
my head.  For the rest of the day I kept humming the whimsical tune "All I Want
for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth."

I went to the dentist and in minutes he took care of my problem.  He warned me
that this was just a quick fix.  I was going to need a crown to fix things
permanently.  "Just what I need," I thought to myself, "A crown for Christmas!"  
It sounded like the title of a holiday movie.

That's when it struck me that this is exactly what we got for Christmas.  The
angels declared that Jesus was the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords and that the
government would be upon his shoulders.  He was the crown that capped off years
of waiting for the messiah.

Too often we think of Christmas as the story of a tiny baby born in a manger. It is
a heart warming tale but it doesn't reflect the full  reality of what happened on that
holy night. On that night we received a gift wrapped in eternal love.

Jesus was and is the answer to our prayers.  God's righteousness was in him and
through him we were offered love, forgiveness and a new beginning.  That's why
the shepherds sang their jubilee.  They understood that this gift was God's
crowning achievement and the hope of the world.  

So when you are unwrapping your gifts this year, don't forget the crown.  It is a
reminder of God's love and the hope that he has for you and me.  So smile and let
his love fill your heart.

Merry Christmas! See you in Church.  Cal