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In honor of the birth of my new grandsons, this Christmas I decided to digitize all our old family videos. Poor in quality but long on heart, these movies have unleashed memories I’ve not unwrapped in twenty years: T-ball games, soccer practices, lacrosse championships, family celebrations, OM competitions, elementary school band concerts, proms, graduations, and so much more.
These snippets of the past have reminded me of the adage, “Today is the yesterday you will look back on and remember tomorrow.” Our old videos have certainly captured my yesterdays. Now I am indeed looking back and remembering.
Of all the hours of videotape un-scrolling before my eyes, the most surprising thing is the amount of footage devoted to unwrapping gifts. Birthday presents, Easter presents, graduation presents, Christmas presents---the aggregate amount of paper flying around my house is enough to fill a dumpster!
Don't get me wrong, I love gift giving! It is part of the joy and anticipation of Christmas. Yet in all the packages awaiting us this year, where will we find that one true gift, Jesus Christ?
Where will we find Jesus as we set our hopes on the hottest item of the year? Where will we find Jesus in the prospect of receiving nothing but a lump of coal? Where will we find Jesus as we unwrap new socks and underwear (oh boy!). Where will we find Jesus in the blessed, “Let’s get this over with” anticipation of Christmas Eve?
Please join us at the Dunbarton Congregational Church this Advent as we set a little Jesus under your tree! If you love music, you will certainly unwrap some Jesus at our 7th Annual Holiday Concert on December 7th from 4:00–6:00 p.m., or at our Spireside Coffee House on December 20th at 7:30 p.m.
If you love children, you will unwrap some Jesus at our annual Children’s Pageant on Sunday, December 21st at 10:30 a.m. when we explore Christmas traditions from around the world.
If you love giving, you will unwrap some Jesus as we work at the Friendly Kitchen, collect white socks and underwear for our Food Pantry and other local charities, or sing Christmas carols to our elderly neighbors on December 21st from 12:00–2:00 p.m.
If you love tradition, you will unwrap some Jesus at our beautiful Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols on Wednesday, December 24th at 7:00 p.m.
If you love fellowship, you will unwrap some Jesus in the company of our Friday knitters, our Monday prayer group, or at our annual Epiphany Tea on Sunday, January 4th from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Personally, I love the whole Christmas package. It’s a time to unwrap some Jesus in every smile, every family tradition, every child’s squeal of delight, every tear, every prayer, every song, and every yard of video and memories in the making.
My friends, may Jesus Christ be with you this Advent season and always!