This is such a great time of year. It’s impossible not to get wrapped up in the lights, sweets, and that old, old story of Jesus and his love. Hearing the story of Christmas, of Jesus' arrival on planet earth, of the coming of God’s Son is the great anthem of the holiday season. That story never gets old, does it? Ah, but it can grow familiar. The story can and often does move to a place of personal comfort. In other words we can get so used to hearing a message that we no longer really hear it.
This week I was reading Luke. He tells the story so thoroughly and plainly. I got to that place in his gospel account when the angels showed up to announce the arrival of the Messiah. I’m not just talking about the single angel who delivered the news to the shepherds, but the HOST of angels who came and started singing "Glory to God in the highest!” at the top of their lungs.
In a moment, it struck me so clearly. In a fresh and new way that reached beyond my familiarity. Singing songs that celebrate the arrival, identity, work, and future return of Jesus is something we get to do all the time. We get announce the brilliant message of Christmas every Sunday–“glory to God in the highest!” However, if we're not careful this splendid honor will grow familiar too and take us to a place of just singing songs.
May we not just sing songs this Christmas.
May we be careful.
And may we worship Jesus well.
- Thanks to everyone who helped us knock-out the CRC Christmas wish list. Every single item has been purchased and sent!
- Don’t forget to help us with the few items still needed for the Saratoga Subacute
- Keep your ears open for announcements about some Dwell Men and Dwell Ladies events in the new year!