If we have children around, these stories take front and center no matter where we go or what TV show we watch.
The story of Jesus, of Mary and Joseph, of the shepherds, the angels and the Magi from the east are easily overwhelmed with the commercial onslaught.
I encourage you to find ways to affirm our identity as followers of Jesus in the coming weeks.
For example, as you decorate your home,
Decorate your Christmas tree and lawn with items that tell our faith story. (Angels & the Star of Bethlehem always are great.)
As you gather with your family, take a few moments in prayer and invite Jesus to be with you. Perhaps you can set an extra place at the table for him?
Make an “Advent Wreath” and place it in a prominent place in your home.
An Advent Wreath is a simple circle of four purple or blue candles representing the four Sundays before Christmas. A single white candle in the center represents the birthday of Jesus and is lit on Christmas eve.
Ideas on how to make one (and more) can be found at: www.bit.ly/FamilyAdvent.
One of the most important things you can do is to spend time with those around you, those you love. Volunteer at our Soup Kitchen, take your family out for a one to one luncheon. Sit down with a cup of coffee and share some time with another. The gift of you and your time can be very powerful.
And of course, you can put on your calendar to be part of every weekly worship service we have. Every Sunday between now and Christmas is a special event! …Especially Christmas Eve!
A great treat will be Sunday, Dec. 12, the day of our Children’s play in the morning and our fantastic Christmas Choir Concert at 2 pm in the Afternoon.
Finally, you can still participate in the “Alternative Gifts Market” in which you can change your Christmas giving to include donations to charities that make a difference in the world. You then get a card to give to a loved one and inscribe in it: “In your honor, a gift to ________ was given.”
It’s a great way to share the love of God that Christmas is all about.
I hope and pray that you can make an extra effort this year to let the spirit of Christ shine above all else.
It’s easy to get lost in all the commercialism.
It takes prayer and faithfulness to keep our focus on the Lord Jesus. I know this year can be an extra powerful one in God’s Spirit.
What scripture has stayed with you this week? What have others learned about Jesus Christ because of you?
How goes it with your soul?
Grace and Peace, Pastor Terry