Everyone knows the joy on children’s faces as they experience their first Christmas. What joy as they squeal with delight! Lights! Music! Hearing the story read to them! It adds a whole new dimension to the meaning of Christmas.
Since this is my First Christmas at First, I too am delighted at what I see and hear during my first Christmas. The sights, the sounds, the joy, the generosity . . . what wonderful reminders of what Christmas is all about.
The sanctuary is simply gorgeous! It looks and feels like Christmas. It is a great place to go, be still and know that God is God. The artwork from Amazing Grace is beautiful. Christmas gatherings are heartwarming. The children’s play was enjoyable. The Vivaldi music, with the harpsicord providing a special touch, was a delight for the soul and and the ears.
Even as I celebrate and relish my First Christmas at First, I am reminded that Christmas can be a very sad and lonely time. The amazing thing about Jesus, whose birth we celebrate, can meet us wherever we are on our spiritual journey. If we are rejoicing, he rejoices with us. If we are weeping, he weeps with us. He is, indeed, the Good Shepherd.
Christmas always seems to come too soon and then is over too soon for me. That’s why I’m glad that Epiphany extends the holiday and gives us a few more days to reflect and rejoice. By then, I am ready to take down any Christmas decorations I’ve put up and settle into the New Year.
Take time to enjoy this holiday season. Whether this is your first year or you’ve been here many years, enjoy Christmas at First. God’s best to you!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Dr. Alfie Wines
Associate Pastor of Connections