As I write this, all of my prepartations for Christmas are accomplished. And if they are not, they won’t get done…
Tonight, I attended our church’s Christmas Eve Service. It was wonderful to see so many people, including a good number of those from our Contemporary Service too. We had so many children that i almost ran out of the 36 activity books I had prepared for them. The music was great, and the message superb and challenging ( take a listen at reformedtheology.ca for a sample).
Christmas greetings were exchanged, and as folks were exiting out, I was greeted, by 2 different families. Each one of them gave me, the one who oversees the Christian Education for their children, gifts unmeasurable.
The first mom shared that their family’s thanks for the Christmas Party in a Bag that I had sent home last week. The family had make the cupcakes, and the accompanying devotional. She then went on to say that they needed to share the party with some cousins, so off they went to a family celebration. I love that, they were so excited about having a party for Jesus, that they just had to share.
It’s kind of like the shepherds. When the they had found the baby Jesus, just as the angels had said they would, they didn’t just go back to the flocks they were tending. No, they went and told what they had seen…Good News is just too much to hold to yourself.
The next mom gave me a big hug and told me that as the night’s scripture (Luke 2) was being read, he turned to her and said, “I know this part mom, we’ve been learning that in Quench” (The Well’s Children’s Ministry). You know, as a teacher of very active children, you always wonder if anything is getting through. Yet, last Sunday, we talked about the shepherds, and how excited they were to be able to tell about their experience. This young boy had not only heard the story, he remembered it, and knows why it’s important.
So, with a very warm heart, and reminder about why I do what I do, I have already had a wonderful Christmas, and the day’s celebrations are still a sleep away.
Merry Christmas to you all, and let me ask you – how will you share the News like the shepherds on their way home from the manger? I, for one, don’t want to keep The Good News to myself.