Five more days and we will all celebrate the incarnation! Our churches will be full for the High Feast of Christmas! Joyful songs will fill our sanctuary and even those with less than perfect voices will sing praises to God! It is a happy time for those who know the GIFT of the Christ Child!
Yet even with full sanctuaries we know that some will miss the joy we share. A friend of mine once related this about his Christmas Eves and days prior to his coming to faith: “Pastor we used to get together on Christmas Eve and surround ourselves with some great snacks and a few brews and spend the night and next day playing countless games of euchre. That was as much joy as we could find. Now I know what Christmas is about and my family knows the joy of Jesus. This is so much better and so much deeper!”
Our hearts go out to those who are without the joy of Christ! We cannot help but think about them as we drive to church on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!
“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2
Good news and great joy for ALL people! Christ is born for those in the pew and for those playing euchre (I love euchre – but it is NOT my joy – especially when my partner trumps by ace.) We as the church in 2017 are here to echo the message of the angels and to share the joy of the incarnation! Caroling is still a possibility or just inviting a friend to worship with you in a couple of days! Merry Christmas from our family to your family!