PASTOR STEVE'S PONDERINGS - December 17, 2017



I was so excited for that Christmas morning. I was 10 years old. For months leading up to that magical morning I had been not too subtlety hinting for a puppy. The morning came and my brother and I tore into our presents and opened them in about 47 seconds… while my parents viewed our excitement for the gifts we had received. And I received some very nice things. Clothes that I needed — a necessary evil when you are that age at Christmas — toys, games… it was a pretty normal Christmas for a 10 year old… but, no puppy.

After I opened the last gift, my parents asked me if I was happy with what I had received, and trying to put on a brave face, I said yes and thanked them for everything. But inside I was so disappointed, I really wanted that puppy.

Just a bit later my father went into our kitchen, I heard the basement door open, and suddenly there was an awful racket. It was the sound of something clumsily scrambling on our kitchen’s linoleum floor, slipping, sliding, bouncing into things, and around the corner galloped this little puppy. As I sat on the floor he ran straight at me! The poor little guy only made it half way to me though, because he stepped on his ear that was dragging on the ground and face-planted himself. I couldn’t believe there was such a thing as a puppy whose ears drug on the ground when he walked, but I would later learn that he was a Sporting Basset Hound.

now to all of our hard-working Deacons). And Deacon became my faithful companion for the next 14 years. In fact, one of the hardest parts of going to college for me was leaving Deacon behind. He was a great dog, and grew into a massive 70 pound animal. He was different from those saggy bassets in that he was bred for hunting; strong and athletic, Deacon and I had many adventures over the years. As a kid, he was the best Christmas present I ever received.

It might seem funny to some, but getting Deacon for a Christmas present that year reminds me so much of the gift of Jesus in my life. In many ways, for the next several years, Deacon was my best friend. I could count on him always being excited to see me. He would listen to everything I said and never judge me. And when I went through tough times in my life, he was always present and loved me so well.

linoleum floor, slipping, sliding, bouncing into things, and around the corner galloped this little puppy. As I sat on the floor he ran straight at me! The poor little guy only made it half way to me though, because he stepped on his ear that was dragging on the ground and face-planted himself. I couldn’t believe there was such a thing as a puppy whose ears drug on the ground when he walked, but I would later learn that he was a Sporting Basset Hound.

We named him Deacon (apologies right now to all of our hard-working Deacons). And Deacon became my faithful companion for the next 14 years. In fact, one of the hardest parts of going to college for me was leaving Deacon behind. He was a great dog, and grew into a massive 70 pound animal. He was different from those saggy bassets in that he was bred for hunting; strong and athletic, Deacon and I had many adventures over the years. As a kid, he was the best Christmas present I ever received.

It might seem funny to some, but getting Deacon for a Christmas present that year reminds me so much of the gift of Jesus in my life. In many ways, for the next several years, Deacon was my best friend. I could count on him always being excited to see me. He would listen to everything I said and never judge me. And when I went through tough times in my life, he was always present and loved me so well.

As I have grown up, I am often reminded at Christmas time that I have a constant companion who is always with me in Jesus. He always wants to spend time with me. He listens to everything that I say. And when I am experiencing hard times in my life, he is always present. Getting a puppy that Christmas morning when I was 10 was great, but having a Savior present in my life forever is truly the best gift I have ever received!

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