I remember as a kid that right around this time, right after Thanksgiving, Christmas decorations started to pop up I stores.
Guess what? That ain’t the case no more. Now, it’s long before Halloween that we see jingle bells and decorative snowflakes going on sale. People complain about it, but I kind of embrace it.
As the song goes, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and I really believe that it is.
This really is the most wonderful time of the year for people who are connected to Christ. Why? Families come together at Christmas, people practice traditions, and, at Venture Church, we start ramping up for a season when people are open to hearing about a baby who came whose name was Jesus, Immanuel, “God with us.”
We’re getting ready to do Christmas Crack Up – a comedy night with lots of laughter that raises money for those less fortunate in our community.
This leads up to our Christmas Experiences and, this year, we’re doing SEVEN! (By the way, the series leading up to Christmas is all about Christmas carols and is all about preparing ourselves to experience Jesus over the holidays).
Christmas is an Opportunity
Over the next month, we get to share the greatest news that could ever be shared with anyone: you don’t have to be lost in your hopelessness, you don’t have to be lost in your guilt, you don’t have to be lost in your work or your worries. Why? Because the lord Jesus, that baby who came, was brought to us to give purpose, fulfillment, forgiveness, and hope.
So, yea, I’d say it really is the most wonderful time of the year.