Joy to the Mall
Luke 2 for the 21st
And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from the Chancellor of the Exchequer that all of Britain should go shopping. The decree was first made when leading economic indicators dipped to their lowest point. All went out to shop – each to his own shopping mall.
And a Christian also went up from his suburban home to the city with its many shops because he wanted to prove that he was from the household of prosperity. And with him was his wife who was great with economic worry.
And so it was while they were there, they found many expensive presents- and the woman wrote cheques for those they could afford…and the she charged the rest on many different plastic cards. She wrapped the presents in bright paper and laid them in the garage, for there was no room for them in her bedroom.
There were in that same country, children watching over their stockings by night. And lo, Father Christmas came upon them and they were sore afraid (expecting to see the special effects they had seen at the pictures.).
And Father Christmas said to them:
”Fear not for behold I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people who can afford this holiday. For unto you will be given this day, in your suburban home, great feasts of turkey and Christmas pudding and cake…and many presents. And this shall be a sign to you: you shall find the presents wrapped in bright paper, lying beneath the Christmas tree which is decorated with tinsel, coloured balls and lights.
And suddenly there was with father Christmas, a multitude of relatives and friends, praising one another and saying; “Glory to you for getting me this gift: it’s just what I wanted”
And it came to pass, as the relatives went back to their homes, the parents said to one another:
“I’m glad that’s over. What a mess! I’m too tired to clean up. Let’s go to bed and clear it tomorrow.”
And when they said this, they remembered the things that had been told them by the shopkeepers: “Christmas comes but once a year” and they wondered at those things that were sold to them by the shopkeepers.
But the children treasured all their things in their hearts, hoarding their toys from each other. And the parents , after a drink, went to bed, glorifying and praising each other for all the bargains they had found in the shopping malls.
Adapted from script by Chris Dolson, Pastor of Shreveport Bible Church Louisiana ,USA.
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