Love it but don’t like it

Love it but don’t like it

Let’s talk about Christmas and the Holiday Season…

I love it, but I don’t always like it.

Let’s start with what I love….I love that Leigh-Ann has an incredible God-given gift of being able to make our house feel incredibly peaceful and serene.

I love sitting down at night with just the Christmas lights on and a fire in the background. I love hanging with family and friends without a schedule of places to be and things to do. I love our family tradition of fonduing. I love egg nog and Christmas cookies.

I love our NLCC Christmas Eve Service. I love rolling out of bed, drinking coffee, and watching the kids exchange gifts. I love game nights and seeing loved ones. I love extended times with the Lord. And much more….

Now what I don’t like is getting decorations out of storage. Living with the clutter of half-empty bins. I can’t stand the thought of putting up lights outside…so this year I got some help 😊. I don’t like the busy stores and stressed-out people. I don’t like the extra bills, more trips to the store and the sadness in the eyes of those who struggle this time of year.

I love the moments and the memories…I just don’t like all the preparation.

Life is like this…

And often it seems like we spend much more time preparing than loving the moments and the memories.

This was true of the first Christmas. Mary and Joseph had it tough…day in and day out, they labored. Earning a living, traveling to Bethlehem, enduring pregnancy, rude people, and less than desirable accommodations….but then there was a moment when Mary and Joseph and the Babe worshipped.

In the midst of things you may not like, don’t forget, your moment is coming…and it will be wonderful.

This Sunday, Gabor Gresz will be continuing our sermon series, “First Impressions” with a sermon about Simeon from Luke 2:25-35.

I sure hope you can attend in person at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity available) or 10:45 am, or watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.