Corrie ten Boom shared her thoughts and memories about Christmas in her book Corrie's Christmas Memories. She loved to share about the birth of Jesus and the visit of the shepherds.
When I think of this story it makes me so happy. Do you know why? Because I know that the baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem for the whole world — also for you and me. You and I know much more than the shepherds — or even the Wise Men — knew. We know that Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the whole world — also for your sins and mine. He will give us forgiveness when we tell Him of our sins. That is possible because Jesus not only died for us — He lives! He rose from the dead and has said I am with you till the end of the world. I believe it. I don't understand it, but that does not matter. For at the same time He is with you and me, He is with the Father in heaven and there He pleads for us. Is that not a joy?
Jesus will come again, though not as a little baby but as a mighty King, who will make everything new.
The best is yet to come. We will see Him face-to-face.
But I won't tell you more now. Would you like to know it all?
Then read the Bible!
Corrie ten Boom from the book Corrie's Christmas Memories
Do we know more than those for whom Christmas means only "Jingle Bells" and Santa Claus or who only prepare for Christmas by getting cards off at the right time and presents wrapped? They are trying to do their yearly duty, for they have done this ritual every year, afraid of what others will think if they don't.
Christmas is not a duty! Jesus' coming was a free gift to all of us. The only thing we can do is to prepare ourselves for His coming.
Christmas is a remembrance of His coming as a little baby. Let us be ready for that feast so that we can prepare others too.
What a joy to know Him, Jesus Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, died at the cross for our sins, was resurrected, and is with us always unto the end of the world.
Let us do what the shepherds did, and tell everyone who will listen.
Corrie ten Boom from the book Clippings from My Notebook