One tradition I like to keep up is going to church throughout advent. I miss our home church, but the local one is okay. This past week I had to go by myself because Keeley refused to go back to sleep and therefore was ready for a nap just in time for church. Matt stayed home and ?
There was a children’s program, one kid read scripture while the others just moved around a bit, not really fancy, but everyone got to parade, which I guess they figured was the important thing.
The sermon that day was on blockheads and angels. How the shepherds watching their flocks were considered to be uninspired people ‘blockheads’ by most, compared to the fancy churchgoers of the day, and yet they watched over the very lambs that were the sacrifice those churchgoers, and the angels chose to visit THEM. The common people. The everyday person. He also talked about the so-called war on Christmas, about people not saying Merry Christmas anymore, and all images of Christ disappearing from decorations in stores. However, he explained that it was just a red herring, a way to throw people off, there’s no way to take someone’s religion or beliefs away, you have to show them, and share them with others. Be the one to say Merry Christmas. What about you? Would YOU be offended if someone said Happy Hanukkah to you? Of course not. You’d appreciate the sentiment and feel a little special because someone took the time to appreciate YOU. The preacher segued into 10 things you could do this holiday season to keep the Christ in Christmas. One of them was going to church on Sunday, guests included! We will be guests next Sunday when we visit family and our home church, and I can’t wait!