Tuesday, December 11, 2012

the days of Christmas

It is two weeks till Christmas, and it seems that the time has flown by.  2012 is almost in the history books.  Yet we have the opportunity ahead of us to celebrate Christmas and to share Good News with others.  This good news changes lives one person at a time.  I want to share that good news.  How about you?

All this Christmas music and the movies that come on during this season are awesome.  We love to watch and listen and even sing at the top of our lungs and laugh as a family as we enjoy the time together.  We also enjoy all the Christmas lights and the wonderful decorations.  Our house looks a bit like the season blew through and removed all non Christmas garb and left trees and tinsel and manger scenes in it’s wake.  Pretty incredible. 

Sunday evening as Julie was finishing placing the decorations along our fence we danced in the road and talked about all the things we love about this season.  What we don’t understand is the weather.  All weekend the high temperature was about 70 degrees.  Looks like Christmas, but it doesn’t feel much like the season.

That reminds me that some of the time our feelings are broke.  Christmas is coming whether we are ready or not.  The day that commemorates the birth of Jesus, the Messiah, will come and go even if our situation is more of a crisis than a celebration, a mess rather then a tribute to the Messiah.  The choice is ours to celebrate or to wade in sorrow and shame through the season.

The facts don’t change.

Luke 2:11
The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!

Matthew 1:21
And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

Isaiah 9:6
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Matthew 2:11
They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Those verses were from some people with strange stuff going on in their lives.  One was a group of shepherds doing what they do, minding their own business, but they were chosen to be some of the first people to meet Jesus.  Another was a man who learned that his wife-to-be was pregnant and not by him.  Another was a dude centuries before talking about the future that he would never see.  The last was a group of well-to-do guys who cleared their schedules to go see what God was doing hundreds of miles away, and they brought expensive gifts and worshipped God right there.

No matter what is going on in your life Christmas is coming.  Chose to worship.  Chose to share the Good News.  Chose to make the days of Christmas special for you this year and in the days ahead way past Christmas too.

we still have several children in need of Christmas gifts.  Will you help us serve these special kids?  If so, please contact the church at info@thecommunityfellowship.org or call 276-647-8231.

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