Our Pastors and I hope that you had a good Christmas time with family members and/or friends. Sometimes relationships are difficult to deal with, but we can all rejoice in the fact that God loves us so much He sent His Son into our world to become the Savior and Lord of our lives. My favorite Christmas scripture is John 3:16 which says, "For God so loved the world (you and me and all the rest) that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life."
One thing that complicates life for me around Christmas is that I'm notorious for being a late Christmas Shopper. I've been known to go to Wal-Mart and other places on Christmas Eve in order to pick up some last minute gifts. Sometimes my doing so drives Vicki crazy. But somehow it all turns out okay (I hope and think). What I've discovered is that sometimes what we do at the last moment winds up being a good thing to do.
Did you know that the World's #1 Christmas Carol (Silent Night) was a last minute project? On December 24th, 1818, Pastor Joseph Franz Mohr hiked 2 miles to see his friend Franz Xaver Gruber. Mohr brought a poem with him he'd written two years earlier, wondering if it could be made into a song. Gruber started strumming his guitar, and surprisingly, the song was composed merely hours before it was first played in a Christmas service. The song was played on a guitar because the organ was out of commission, but the song was an immediate hit to listeners in the German town where it was first shared. As the song became popular, the lyrics changed a bit. But it's still the world's #1 Christman Carol, even though it was composed in the last moments before the Church's Christmas service in 1818. You can read more about the backstory of Silent Night by clicking here