I just joined in with my church family from San Diego. I love technology, as this is how I was able to join them this afternoon. They do a webcast and although they are a very small group, they try to reach as many people possible and for that I am so thankful.
It has been a few years since I was able to join them in person. I have missed this group of people who are more than friends, they are family to me. Memories of each person are many, and I love that.
The webcast has been wonderful especially since hubby has not been able to be around crowds much since his shoulder surgery. They do not want him to be jostled or in a crowd where he may unintentionally be bumped into or knocked. He is half way through his recovery and is doing well, so I think being back in a church setting will be soon.
But, today, I was home. I was home with the people I love. I could hear their laughter and comments behind the sermon and that is medicine to my soul.
Today, my pastor talked about Christmas. He did not go to the book of Luke. He did not read the Christmas story. This is a big switch for him, but what I have loved about the ministry of this man is that he does what he feels he has heard from the Lord. His sermons are short and pack a punch that is life changing. Again, for that, I am grateful.
Today he talked about the words of the Christmas carols that have disappeared from the malls. He’s right, you hear the melody and think Christmas carols, but fail to notice they have taken the words away from the music. Although many of us hear the music and in our minds, we sing along, there are many people who think they are listening to elevator music.
He ended his message today reading the words of some Christmas carols. They were powerful words. It made me think about words in general. In this season of celebration, we still need to be aware of what words we speak. Words can make a day or ruin a day. I know I have done both, and sometimes in the same day or hour.
I have read some blogs that sort of echo what I have just listened to on the webcast. I needed to be reminded to be in the moment, to be aware of what is going on, to speak with love, true love,and concern. To build up and to encourage. That is my goal for today. I would say it is my goal for the season, but, as old as I am, I know that may not be possible. I know that in frustration and fear and tiredness my words don’t always show the deep feelings in my heart.
So, as I think of this, and reflect on what I have read and heard today, I am going to sign off, but with my favorite verse of my favorite Christmas carol, Away in a Manger. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay
close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
and fit us for heaven to live with thee there.