Last Sunday I stood in the center of the sanctuary and looked around. On one end stood the altar, festooned with pumpkins and gourds, fall leaves and flowers, all signs of a bountiful harvest. On the other end, hanging from the balcony were our three beautiful Christmas banners and the green garland. At first it seemed a bit incongruous but that visual was exactly how I was feeling. Caught between the holidays…full of the gratitude of Thanksgiving and overwhelmed by the anticipation of Christmas yet to come! Joy to the world.
Think about this for a minute: For the next month our entire world stops and pays attention to the miracle of the incarnation! IT’S EVERYWHERE WE GO…stores, media, EVERYWHERE! We can’t escape it. Joy to the world.
Yes, I know that our culture is moving away from the original reason for the season. Yes, I know that there is serious trouble all over the world. Yes, I know that we feel caught between all the lights and the parties and the excess. But the fact remains that most of the world stops its regular routine life to celebrate Joy to the world.
Are you feeling, like I did last week, caught between seasons? Well, I have the solution!
This year during Advent and Christmas we will be celebrating the incarnation. .And you are invited to join us!
God has a gift for you this Christmas! It’s a gift that has been offered to everyone, every year for over 2000 years!
Open your heart and let it in! It’s JOY !
JOY TO THE WORLD
“For unto YOU is born this day…a Savior.” Luke 2:11 LET HEAVEN AND NATURE SING!