It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Growing up, my mom and sometimes dad loved to sing Christmas songs as we returned from shopping in Memphis, Jackson, or Nashville. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love the decorations and the lights. I reserve Black Friday for decoration day. While everyone is shopping, my family is decorating. I love the parties and food, and believe that every group or class should have a party not just at Christmas but every month. I love the music and the programs. But the greatest thing about Christmas is the message and hope that Christmas brings.
At Christmas, many churches participate in Advent. Advent means anticipation. And at Christmas we remember and anticipate the Messiah’s birth. John says that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. It is why we sing Immanuel, “God With Us.” This simple fact gives those of us who know Christ a peace that passes all understanding, a hope in the midst of life’s storm. and the ability to deal with life’s valleys.
As I write this blog article, I am in the Critical Care Waiting Room in Jackson, TN. My mom is in stable but critical condition. Even before this, I was dealing with the fact that my daughter and son in law would not be able to be home for Christmas this year. Life can rob us of the anticipation of Christmas.
It is in these times that I wish every person in TN and the United States was a member of a Sunday School Class. Even in the midst of the lights, sounds, and parties of Christmas, Sunday School classes still call, visit, bring food and care for their members. In Sunday School, you will find a loving group of people who will remember you and love you.
Remember: Don’t miss the anticipation of Christmas even when Life Happens. “Joy to the World…The Lord Has Come!”