Pastor Dustin

Layaway Angels

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Have you ever heard of the “Layaway Angels?” The Layaway Angels have created an incredible Christmas trend that happens all over America every December. The Layaway Angels go to stores (such as Kmart, Walmart, & Sears) and anonymously pay off the remaining balance of someone’s layaway account.  If you are unfamiliar with the term layaway, it means a store will hold a customer’s items until they completely pay off the balance. So, if you wanted to buy a stroller for $200, but you only have $50, you’d give $50 to the store and make plans to pay the balance when you can. The store puts your stroller aside and holds it until you completely pay for it. Once you pay for the stroller in full, you can take it home and it’s yours.

The Layaway Angels go to different stores and pay off someone’s layaway account without them knowing. So, a random mom will come to make a payment for the items she had previously set aside, only to be told someone has already paid for everything. She doesn’t owe anything; her debt has been paid in full. Her family receives the benefits of the gifts without the pain of the payment.

One person in Ohio paid off $100,000 worth of layaways at several Walmarts in his area helping hundreds of customers.

In 2018, filmmaker Tyler Perry, got into the act and cleared out the Walmart layaway accounts of 1,500 Atlanta-area shoppers, a deed that totaled $434,000.

How incredible is that?

This is a great illustration of God’s redemption for all humanity.  You see, you and I didn’t do anything to deserve God’s unconditional love, grace, and mercy for our sins. God simply comes in and redeems us as His own.  He paid the price for everything in our shopping cart.  He took up our sin and our shame, as well as our past, present, and future issues.   That is why Jesus came to earth.  I John 3:5 says,

“He (Jesus) appeared so that he might take away our sins.”

That was the point of the cross. On the cross 2,000 years ago, by the blood of Jesus, our sins were paid for, and we were redeemed.  Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross so that we can experience God’s unconditional and everlasting love.  Christmas marks the arrival of a love the world has never known before.  This is why we celebrate.  This is why we call it Good News.

“Redemption is not just about the survival of our soul. It’s about the revival of a soul that was once dead.”  Rebekah Hallberg

Merry Christmas!

Pastor Dustin

Christmas Eve Under the Stars: December 24th.

Family Fun Zone: 4 p.m.

Service: 6 p.m.

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