One great blessing of Christmas is presents. Of course, at my age, I am not too interested in what I am getting but rather what I am giving.
I am not looking for much for Christmas this year, just to enjoy the family and celebration.
Then something happened this past week that changed that attitude of mine.
In the mailbox, was a letter from the state traffic department. I was a little nervous opening it because I've never received such a letter before.
When I opened it, I noticed it was a traffi c violation notice. Upon further notice, I saw it was not for me. My wife had a traffic violation, and a camera recorded it.
Looking at the picture, it did not look anything like my wife. The whole picture was blacked out so you could not see anything. Oh well, it did have her name on it, what more do I need?
Walking into the house, I was cheerfully whistling and maybe some dancing.
“What are you so happy about?”
Handing her the letter, I said with the biggest grin on my face I have ever had, “You have a traffi c violation ticket.”
“This cannot be my ticket,” she said with a very disgusting growl.
“I think it is. It has your name and your license plate number on it. Who else’s is it?”
She went outside to her van and checked the license plate number. It was not the right number.
“It is not the right license plate number, so it cannot be mine."
She handed the letter back to me and said, “Look, this violation was last week in Miami. I was not in Miami last week. This cannot be right.”
I looked the letter over several times only to discover she was right. I advised her to take it over to the sheriff department and see what they think.
It was not long before she came back and into the house happily whistling but no dancing.
“What are you so happy about?”
She looked at me with a smile and a Merry Christmas twinkle in her eye and said, “The sheriff department told me this was a fraud. It is not my ticket. They advised me to destroy it and forget about it.”
Looking at me smiling, she said, "Aren't you happy for me?"
All I could do was look back, smile, and say, "Yes, dear."
Of all the tickets I have received, I could enjoy one for my wife.
It was not a very serious issue, but I could have gotten a lot of mileage from this. Now it is gone. Just when you think you got something, it turns out to be nothing.
I am glad that the ticket was a fraud. I was thinking of what the apostle Paul said. "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).
It is that time of the year when we think about all the things to be thankful. I am not sure how many blessings I have because some of the more important ones are ones I do not see. If I rest in God, he will take care of all the blessings I need in life.
[Dr. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552- 2543 or e-mail jamessnyder2@ att.net. His web site is