“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” You know those lyrics from the secular Christmas song, right? Primarily, those words refer to December. However, for me, it also includes the month of November…the month that starts it all. Let me tell you why. First, November contains “Thanksgiving,” and, naturally, December “Christmas.” These two holidays are extra special to me for several reasons. From a purely human side, I absolutely love eating dressing/stuffing with cranberries. More specifically, my daughter in-law Kay’s dressing/stuffing (whatever you call it).
Christmas from the human side … I really enjoy the lights, the music and the food! But it’s not just about food. Thanksgiving and Christmas mean something else to me…FAMILY. I look forward to being together with family and the holidays have a way of drawing families together to make some very cherished times together.
But my friends, there’s more … As Christians, Thanksgiving helps us re-focus on all that we have and on all that God has done, and is doing for us. It helps us, the Church people, get back on track in obedience to “in everything give thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Then, Christmas re-aligns us about what a miracle is; what servant humility looks like; and what the greatest gift of all is (John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8; John 3:16).
My point is this…don‘t miss it! November and December are not only “wonderful,” but they are also usually extremely full; November (Thanksgiving, Advent) and December (Christmas!) Let me say that Advent is the season four weeks before Christmas in which we prepare for the coming of Christ. This year we begin Advent on Sunday, November 30th. Advent is the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus and its name comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming.” The season also celebrates Christ’s anticipated coming again in the fullness of time to rule triumphantly over life in heaven and earth, as well as the coming of Christ as the infant Savior whose birth we celebrate at Christmas.
With that in mind, As we give “thanks” and look towards a “blessed Christmas Season,” let’s remember to keep Jesus at the forefront of all we do and say and let’s pledge to be faithful to our Lord, Jesus Christ, as we serve Him and this, His Church. I encourage you not to “rush” through activities, gatherings, etc. Stop, slow down, and soak in the special times. Don’t miss them!
With a servant’s heart, Pastor Flo