Christmas Peace at Checkout

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­čÄä┬áRecently, a frazzled, frustrated checkout clerk asked me, as she was ringing up a few items, “Why are so JOLLY? Don’t you know it’s Christmas, the WORST time of the year to work in retail?”

I paused, looked into her stressed, tired face and said, “Yes, you may be right, however, the first Christmas wasn’t in retail, it was in a little, peaceful town of Bethlehem, where’s there’s no long checkout lines. Love was born there with a baby, not a box.”

I thought she was going to start crying right then and there in front of the whole store. I then leaned forward, looked at her with compassion and said, in a lower tone of voice, “I wish you more than a Merry Christmas—I wish you Jesus, the Prince of Peace.”

She just stared at me in shock with a little smile starting to crack her frown and said, “Thank you. I needed that.”

Be on the lookout, this Christmas, for those “God moments” He gives you. The more your joy shows, the more the world wonders. And, the more the world wonders, the bigger your door of opportunity to share the reason for this season: Jesus.

David Crews

Author: David Crews Ph.D.

David holds an earned, Ph.D Doctorate in Philosophy from Trinity Theological Seminary. In addition, he graduated with academic honors (4.0) from Lincoln Christian University, Lincoln, Illinois, with a Masters of Arts, M.A. in Theological Studies. He also graduated with academic honors (4.0) with a second Master's degree, M.A. in Christian Studies from Luther Rice University, Lithonia, Georgia. David has recently pursued Post-Doctoral studies in Theology, Biblical Archaeology and Ancient History at both Oxford University and the London School of Theology. In his teaching, writing and speaking, David's goal is to help believers grow into greater Christlikeness and holistic Christian spirituality with relational, biblical, practical tools they can apply to see personal transformation in their lives and communities.