Santa’s Workshop

“…Seeing Christ at Christmas has made a significant impact on my life. In the fall of 1982, I decided to make a wormy chestnut roll top desk and give it to a pastor at Christmas. I felt as if I was one of Santa’s Elves working in his little workshop! I worked on the project in the garage of our log home during the early evening hours. Later in the evening, from ten to eleven o’clock I was captivated in a home Bible course, just above the garage in our bedroom. As Christmas neared, I was learning about the life of Christ and the mystery of the birth of Jesus. Jesus set his life on doing the Father’s will, which meant going all the way to the cross. Philippians 2:5-8 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equally with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.” Little did I know, while crafting downstairs that one of a kind wormy chestnut desk, God was crafting upstairs a “one of a kind pastor”. You guessed it! That Christmas I decided to give that “wormy chestnut” desk to myself! Call it selfishness if you like, but that desk was moved upstairs where I prepared to become a pastor. And by the way, the “wormy chestnut” desk has moved five times since then! Maybe the next move will end up in the home of a well-intended pastor. Who knows?

Preacher Jack