The Real Deal of Christmas

When George Frideric Handel feverishly wrote for a solid thirteen hours in composing the famous oratorio Messiah, it was a real deal! Written in 1741, it is still much loved today.

When General George Washington knelt for prayer in the snow at Valley Forge (1777–1778), praying for his army to survive the bitter winter and the Revolutionary War, it was a real deal!

When Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” on Christmas Day in 1863 during the Civil War, it was a real deal to him.

When I go shopping for pricey things, I want what I buy to be genuine. I want the real deal! Who would want fake silver or imitation gold? None of us would.

My parents were country people with limited resources, but they taught my brothers and me to choose things of good quality and with lasting value.

As we come to Christmas, I submit to you my testimony that it is the real deal! We could call it the deal of a lifetime. It is the deal we must not miss. I think of the song that says,

Take the world, but give me Jesus. All its joys are but a name;

But His love abideth ever, Through eternal years the same.

Refrain Oh, the height and depth of mercy!

Oh, the length and breadth of love!

Oh, the fullness of redemption,

Pledge of endless life above! —Fanny Crosby