But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this.
Teacher: Let’s recite the “Code of the Elves”, shall we? Number one.
Class: Treat every day like Christmas.
Teacher: Number two.
Class: There’s room for everyone on the nice list.
Teacher: Number three.
Class: The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
My third grade Bible was presented to me in 1966 from our small Methodist Church. The signature on the inside page is from Harold Sterenberg, the Sunday School Superintendent. He was an older man who was still working as a house painter. Whenever I saw him, he would wave and smile (without dropping the unlit cigar that was always present in the corner of his mouth). My other memory of him is that he was in the choir. He sang with gusto and joy . . . and finished about 3 – 4 words after everyone else! He wasn’t a good singer, but he clearly loved it. As an adult, I now realize that Mr. Sterenberg was pioneering the third Code of the Elves from the movie Elf: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is SINGING LOUD FOR ALL TO HEAR.” I’m grateful that so many people in my past and present sing out their fruit of the Spirit for me, and all the world to hear!
Gracious God, we thank you for this new day and for your unconditional and joyful love. We confess our fears and selfishness, and we express our desire to treat today like Christmas, as we sing out for others. Amen.