This is where I'm supposed to say: "Cold enough 'fer ya?" That's just like us fickle human beings isn't it? We want just enough snow to make it look pretty, and that should only be on Christmas or maybe through New Year's day. And we'd like all of that beautiful snow without it being cold. That's why we all seem shocked when it does get cold! Hmmm... Just more of my ramblings.
Oh, and here's another one! "Ready 'fer Christmas?" I assume they're asking about food, presents, travel, etc. I just tell them "Ask Mitzi!" For me though, as your pastor, I can say that like you, I'm getting ready to celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus our Savior. On this side of heaven, we'll never be fully "ready." I think that's a good thing, though. Just when we think we're done with the task (?) of readying ourselves for Christmas, we will be woefully reminded that we aren't; spiritually speaking and probably in our earthly readying either, which is maybe why we so easily freak ourselves out over this time that is supposed to be truly heavenly.
Allowing ourselves to be prepared for this time - by immersing ourselves into the greatest love letter ever within the greatest love story ever, along with filling ourselves with the cool Christmas carols and songs that force us to focus our hearts and minds on God's love for us, and prayers of gratitude for Jesus' birth - will also prepare us to retain this Christmas message long after the Christmas trees are put away or by the curb. This allows the love of God - who is the very description, definition and embodiment through Jesus and His suffering and death for us - to remain in and on us and percolate within us throughout the rest of the year. We will live then, in a Christmas & Easter mindset every day of our lives!
We will be celebrating the birth of Jesus in just ten short days! Please adjust your full holiday schedules to experience what is truly the most wonderful time of the year, Saturday evening at 7:00 pm. If you have plans to worship at another church, that's cool! But if not, I pray earnestly that you will heed the Holy Spirit's tug on your heart to be with us that holy night as we declare with the angels on that first Christmas: "Glory to God in the highest! And on earth, peace and goodwill to all of the world!"
Lastly, if you have an Operation Christmas shoe box to return, please bring it on Sunday. May our Christmas God to flood us with a special awareness of His love and care for you,
FISHERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Joseph Doenges
WORSHIP SUNDAY 10:00 AM
301 N. 6th Street
St. Clair, MI 48079
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization