A Message From Mom // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

My mother, Elsie Wilson, is an energetic, faith-inspiring 81-year-old, who has been the greatest example for me of positive living. I do not know anybody who deals more graciously with the difficult issues of life. Since my childhood, she has taught me that when life throws you lemons, you need to make lemonade!

My “Positively Speaking” column is a direct result of her influence.

This Christmas, Mom wrote a poem, and I’d like to take the liberty of sharing it with you:

What Christmas Means to Me

What does Christmas mean to me?
Is it lots of gifts beneath the tree?
Is it lovely lights which brightly glow?
Is it sending cards to all we know?
Is it rushing from store to store?
Shop ’til we drop and then some more.
Is it Santa Claus, with a bundle of toys?
Dolls for the girls, cars and trucks for the boys?
Is it cooking and baking those good Christmas treats?
Is it just a time when the whole family meets?
No! None of these things mean Christmas to me.
There’s a far greater meaning than any of these.
God sent His Son, His Gift to the earth,
To be born in a manger, a lowly birth,
To die on the cross, God’s salvation plan,
This gift of salvation is offered to man.
This gift is given to all who believe.
Our sins are forgiven when we confess and receive.
The gift of salvation, so wonderful and free —
This is what Christmas means to me!

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