Sometimes we just need a place to talk, even if no one is really listening. Although, to be honest, I really hope someone is listening!
Monday, December 27, 2010
A snippet from the December 26th sermon
On Christmas Eve, we were at our little church where I work with the Sunday School program. One of the joys of my job is leading the family service on Christmas Eve. The children dressed as the various people in the nativity story. The older children read the story of Jesus’ birth. We sang lots of carols and there was a special Children’s sermon. As we were tidying up, one of the teachers said that one of the “wise men" - a second grader named Aaron- told her, “That was the best church experience I have ever had."
Clearly the kid has a remarkable vocabulary but I also think he has a marvelous capacity for insight. This is the first time that he has really been a part of a congregation. His family has gone to church, but they haven’t really joined. And so I think what happened for Aaron is that he really felt connected on Christmas Eve. He was fully a part of everything that was going on and he experienced something new. He was a part of the church family. And in that belonging, he experienced one of the true joys of Christmas- hearing the good news from people who truly care about us.