Japan

Sadly, Christmas Day is just another working day for millions of Japanese. It is not a holiday, nor is it a day to celebrate the miraculous expression of God’s love in the birth of our Savior, Christ the Lord. At a Christmas party, the words “Merry Christmas” were written out, and college students were challenged to make as many words as they could with the letters. Some of the students came up with more words than the native speakers. One came up with the word mystery! Surprisingly, one word the students did not notice was “Christ!” They were carefully looking at the words “Merry Christmas” and could not see “Christ.” Pray that many, many more will see Christ in Christmas, Christ in the churches’ Christmas events and messages, and Christ in Japanese Christians during the Christmas season. Lord, please help them to see, understand and believe that Christ is the heart and soul of Christmas, in Jesus’ name.