December 14, 2015

It’s only 11 more days until Christmas! They used to say so many shopping days left but with the internet every day is a shopping day. My prayer this season is that you will make the time to stop and consider the wonder of it all. We all have made this season almost a frantic marathon of gift buying, and parties, and decorating and on and on. The frenetic pace allows little time for reflection. Our society as a whole (me included) has a hard time sitting down and just being still before God. So I hope this season you will plan some time for yourself and for your family to slow down and enjoy the gift of Christ and the joy He has for you. Joy that cannot be bought with more presents or more lights or more parties. Take time and let Him make Christmas truly come alive in your heart.
We finished up our “100 Happy People” series yesterday and our “One Another” passages with our final one: “Love One Another.” (Can anyone name all NINE?) I wonder today how many of us receive the Love of God and then it just stops with us. We might even say, “Thank you God for loving me and giving me your grace and forgiveness.” But then it ends there. The Love of God has been given to you and me so that we will pass it on. We love because He first loved us. Love requires action. God showed his love for us by sending his son to be born in a manger that first Christmas morning. How are you showing your love, the same love that He gave you? One of the things we sought to do in our “100 Happy People” days was to begin to really see people around us. Hopefully you are seeing people and now we need to learn to love them. The Christmas season is a great time to reach out to those around you and demonstrate the Love of God by putting it into action!
If you missed the Children’s Christmas Musical last night you missed another wonderful night. The children were amazing and the music was inspiring. Thanks go out to Colleen Dow for so much hard work and for pulling it all together. Our Children and Adult Musicals have been some of the best this year and I thank God for them and how they used their gifts and talents for the glory of God. What a blessing!!
Don’t forget about our annual Christmas Eve Service coming up next Thursday night, December 24th (imagine that) at 6:00pm. If you are like us, we like to get together with family on that evening so we bring them with us to worship and then we go home for a wonderful dinner, a time of fun and games, and then we finish the night with our annual viewing of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Ok, they mainly humor me or fall asleep on that last part. But I hope you will make worship an integral part of your Christmas Eve celebration.
Also, this coming Sunday, December 20th we will be hosting an Open House at our home on 9912 Sparrow Hawk Lane from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. I hope you will come by and share in some wonderful food and allow us the opportunity to personally wish you a very Merry Christmas!
And last, but not least, I want to welcome our newest grandson into the world. Eli James Hixon, son of Micah and Amanda Hixon, was born this past Saturday night, December 12th. He and momma are both healthy and doing wonderful. We are so thankful to God for the gift of life. We are praying for Eli even now that God would work in his heart and that he might receive Christ at an early age.
Merry Christmas!!