Santa was good to me. Even though my parents as Santa didn’t have much money, they shopped for nice presents to give my sister and me.
One year, my sister and I asked for bicycles, and my parents bought them for us. However, one Christmas I was disappointed with Santa.
I had pored over the Sears and Roebuck Christmas catalog and selected a telescope as my heart’s desire. However, when I ran into the den early on Christmas morning, I discovered that Santa had brought me a pair of binoculars instead.
In all fairness, they allowed me to get a better view of the moon, but I wasn’t able to observe cool celestial objects such as Venus, Mars, Venus, distant stars and other galaxies.
This disappointment has stayed with me, so the other day, I became my own Santa and bought myself a telescope. It now sits in a box on my den floor, along with books about using telescopes. Soon I hope to be peering at all sorts of heavenly bodies.
All of us have looked up to see the moon and the stars. Even the biblical character David did so, and he wrote the following about it: “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen — Even the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:3-8).
So, let’s all look up at the sky and remember how much God loves and values us.
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.
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