My church, River Valley Community Church, hosted a wonderful event on Christmas Eve. Stations were set up in the sanctuary to allow visitors to take a moment to communicate with God. Within seconds of entering, I was lighting a candle and praying for my loved ones … I couldn’t hold back my tears. I have taken Communion several times in my life but can not remember ever being so moved by the experience. I am very thankful that River Valley provided my family the opportunity to commune with God as part of our Christmas experience.
I’ve been watching some terrible videos. You’ve seen them. The guy got trampled when the doors of Wal-Mart were opened. Apparently, one woman lost her baby in the melee. People were going crazy trying to take advantage of “Black Friday” sales. One friend told me he witnessed three fights while shopping on Black Friday. Whenever I watch these videos or hear these stories, I can’t help but wonder how many of the people involved consider themselves Christians. Seriously, can there be anything more disrespectful to Christ than killing someone while trying to save fifty percent? Obviously, the birth of Christ is not dominate in most American’s minds when they think about Christmas. I have never been happier to say that the vast majority of my shopping was done online.
This may be a case of the pot calling the kettle black. I celebrated Christmas long before I considered myself a disciple of Christ. Hypocritical as it may be, I can’t help but ask myself what non-Christians think they are celebrating during Christmas. I understand that many people feel they are celebrating the secular side of the holiday … but in all honesty, doesn’t that seem a little silly? I am astounded by the number of people that bash Christianity all year long and then celebrate Christmas. Maybe we should celebrate the birth of Christ at a different time of year to separate it from the “secular” holiday.
I was so very proud of my children as we walked into church on Christmas Eve. Not one of the five complained about going. Not one of the five were in a hurry to leave. Every one of them participated in the stations set up by the church. My children took communion and prayed. I was very proud. I was also grateful that Stefanie and I were able to provide our kids with Christmas presents. The joy on their faces really was contagious.