Being a pastor has always had about it a heightened sense of joy at this season. As much as I enjoy the new growth of spring and the warm zephyrs of summer, the days from Thanksgiving and Christmas have long been my favorite time of the year. The overwhelming majority of people seem to be in a better mood. Folks seem to look forward, in a special way, to coming to church. I rejoice in the quickened pace of the season. The children's music, the Christmas hymns in the worship service, the handbells, the glorious music of the Chancel Choir, special times of fellowship, home, family - what blessed and wonderful days. My only regret is that they pass too quickly.
I pray that all of us might experience the wonder, the awe and the glory of the Christmas Season. If we are to do that we will need to remember that at its heart Christmas is a celebration of the incarnation. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came in flesh and was born as a babe in a manger. Apart from a remembrance of this incomparable truth are not all our celebrations and festivities empty and meaningless?
Individually and as a church family let's take to heart the wonderful words of the John Frances Wade hymn.
"0 come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
0 come ye, 0 come ye to Bethlehem!
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels!
0 come, let us adore Him, 0 come, let us adore Him,
0 come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!"