It’s close to 3:00 AM Christmas Eve. It’s one of my favorite times of the entire year; the kids are asleep, and I’m up, watching over all that will be revealed in the morning. I always forget what I’ve wrapped and who’s getting what and in THIS family, all things must be equal, so it’s important that every kid has the same number of gifts to open. I double check.
Over a foot of snow. The “Blizzard of 09”.
Read this, please.
One of my favorite songs at Christmas time.
Any time, actually.
I knew this song, but didn’t pay it much attention until I heard it from Herbie Hancock. That’s a shame, coming from a Joni Mitchell fan, but it’s the truth. I love Corinne Bailey Rae’s version.
Turn down the lights and close your eyes. Sit in the shadow of some twinkling lights. Let yourself think beyond December for a moment….
Mark Batterson is a wise man.
“I think one of the primary problems we face in Western Christianity is the simple fact that so many people view going to church as an end instead of a means to an end. Let me explain. For those who subconsciously view church as an end in and of itself, going to church is the way they do their religious duty. They check church off the religious list. But do you really think God’s ultimate dream for our lives is to sit in a pew for ninety minutes?
Going to church isn’t an end. It’s a means to an end. The real test is how we live out our faith Monday to Friday. That’s where the rubber meets the road. Church is the locker room talk or the boardroom talk. Choose your metaphor. It’s not the game. It’s not the business. It prepares us for the game of life, the business of life.”
What do you think? What does going to church mean in your life?