Thoughts From Toby

I have a confession to make: I'm a terrible Christmas shopper. I'm really bad at it. I always hope that the people I buy gifts for remember the old saying, "It's the thought that counts!" as they open my presents. I can do okay if someone gives me a list of ideas... But just okay, still not great. Maybe you can identify with me.

Another thing about Christmas shopping that really gets to me is having to go into stores. As if having to battle the crowds was not enough, the worst thing is having an idea of what you'd like to get, and spending an hour (or two) looking for it! Stores can be confusing places!

Every now and then, this rare thing happens. I'm walking around a giant department store, looking clueless as I try to find that perfect present, and I hear a voice say, "Can I help you find something?" Can you ever! Sometimes I explain what I'm looking for and simply get told, "Go that direction, turn here, and they're right there." Such directions usually leave me more lost and more clueless than before. But sometimes, after my short explanation, I hear these three amazing words, "Right this way!" Suddenly the crowds part, everybody gets quiet, and cheerful Christmas music plays in the background as I'm led directly to the perfect gift by this wonderful person who knows the way. Knowing the way makes all the difference.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me... You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way." (John 14:1,4-6).