Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you are having a delightful week. We had such splendid plans for this week. Yesterday we were to have gone to a pre-Christmas Eve service at my old church. I've been blessed to attend this service in years past and it is always a glorious celebration of God's love, power, and the excitement that only Christmas can bring. The praise and worship music is always powerful, the lights very dramatic, and the sermon brings you face to face with God and His love for us that is shown in the gift of the Christ – both as Christ Child and as Crucified and Resurrected Lord. This service is big, exciting, and majestic and I love it. Think of Joy to the World in its most magnificent presentation!
Today's service is being held at a friend's church. I've enjoyed attending this one as well. It reflects another side of Christmas. This is the "Silent Night" style for a Christmas Eve time of praise and worship. At this service, we were blessed with a more intimate experience of quiet yet still joy-filled praise and worship carols, sweet fellowship, and more words of encouragement from another gifted and giving pastor.
I began the tradition of attending Christmas Eve services years ago as my gift to God. As with so many other gifts we give to God, it has ended up blessing me hugely. Of course, down through the years, we've also had our years of missing the services due to illness, senior home care giving requirements including hospice or other family crises. This year is seeing us homebound, once again, due to coughs and colds
I guess the years we aren't able to get out could be represented by:
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, Let Nothing You Dismay, remember Christ, our Savior, was born on Christmas Day to save us all from satan's power when we were gone astray! O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy."
No matter whether we are homebound or out and about, having a peaceful Christmas or a Christmas in the hospital, enjoying the season or having to deal with hospice during this time, we can take great comfort and joy in knowing that God is here for us – yesterday, today, and forever!
I pray you will be blessed with a joy-filled, peaceful Christmas Eve, as well, whatever your situation. And that this Smilebox card and Christmas praise and worship song, Silent Night (Emmanuel), will be a blessing to you. It's another one of Amazon’s free Christmas mp3 downloads. The song is by Matt Maher and I especially loved the ending. What do you think? 🙂
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Merry Christmas Eve to all of us in the Sandwich Generation!