By Linda Stewart, 26 December 2021
Christmas is always a very special day, because it is the day that the entire world celebrates our messiah’s birthday. From historical records, we know that Jesus was probably conceived in December and born the following September during the Feast of Tabernacles. The exact date of his birth does not make any difference. Children who are abandoned do not know their birth date, so some adoptive parents choose to celebrate the child’s adoption date as their birth date. The point is, the child is celebrated with a special day just as Jesus Christ is celebrated with a special day.
In February 2021, Texas froze for four days. It killed my oranges, lemons, grapefruit, pomegranate and plum trees. It broke my heart when I saw the yard man cutting the trees down. My deceased husband and I planted the citrus trees over 30 years ago. There was one small Satsuma tree that was about 5 years old that I had covered in hay that survived. It was badly frost burned and had to be severely cut back. That little tree had one piece of fruit on it this year. The Satsuma’s are ripe the beginning of December. The oranges and lemons are ripe the week of Christmas. I picked the Satsuma the week of Christmas thinking it was probably spoiled. I placed it on my kitchen counter and forgot about it.
Christmas morning. I sang happy birthday to my Lord and Savior and opened my gifts. I went into the kitchen to make coffee and thought, “What am I going to eat for breakfast?” The Lord said, “The Satsuma.” That was the sweetest, juiciest Satsuma I have ever tasted.
That Satsuma was a very special gift from Jesus to me. I will enjoy the puzzle, teapot, and necklace that I received for Christmas, but the Satsuma is the gift that is special to my heart.
Thank you Jesus and Happy Birthday!
Luke 1:26-38 and Luke 2:1-20