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Let me close with an excerpt from Sharon Jaynes’ book, “Celebrating a Christ-centered Christmas”:


An African boy listened carefully as his teacher explained why Christians give presents to each other on Christmas day. "The gift is an expression of our joy over the birth of Jesus and our friendship for each other," she said.


When Christmas day came, the boy brought the teacher a seashell of lustrous beauty. "Where did you ever find such a beautiful shell?" the teacher asked.


The youth told her that there was only one spot where such extraordinary shells could be found. When he named the place, a certain bay several miles away, the teacher was left speechless


"Why ... why, it’s gorgeous ... wonderful, but you shouldn’t have gone all that way to get the gift for me."


His eyes brightening, the boy answered, "Long walk part of gift." God came from heaven to a manger, from a manger to a cross, from a cross to the grave and from a grave back to heaven.


And we ask, "Why all this trouble, God?" And God would say to us, "Long walk part of gift."