What’s it all about?

10 12 2009

Hey guys,

So this will be my last devotional for the next couple weeks.  I know many of you will be heading home for the holidays soon.  In the midst of all your busyness, here’s a couple questions for you:

*How have you prepared for Christmas?

*What is it all about?


Have you taken time during this Advent season to prepare?  I’m not talking about getting your shopping done, or your decorations and lights put up, or whatever traditional preparations we all have.  I mean, have you prepared your heart for Christmas…to celebrate the birth of your Lord?


I attached a movie clip from this movie called God Grew Tired of Us.  This is a documentary that follows the journey of the “Lost Boys” from Sudan who left their homeland of chaos and war and moved to America.  This clip sees our “American Christmas” through their eyes for the first time. 


As you watch this clip ask these questions:

            *What is the focus of our Christmas celebrations?

            *Do all the “things” (trees, presents, shopping, lights, carols, Santas, traditions) we surround ourselves with at Christmastime really help us celebrate Christmas?

            *Do we prepare ourselves spiritually for Christmas? 


The Gospel of John presents the Christmas story as this, plain and simple:

The Word became flesh and blood,
      and moved into the neighborhood.
   We saw the glory with our own eyes,
      the one-of-a-kind glory,
      like Father, like Son,
   Generous inside and out,
      true from start to finish.

John 1:14(MSG)


The Glory of the Lord became incarnate, came to us. 


Emmanuel…God with us. 


That’s what it’s about.


That’s something to celebrate!


Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year! 


We still have some spaces left on our Alabama mission trip.  Let me know ASAP if you are interested in going.  Also, I attached a letter from Tim Hagmaier, the clerk of the Executive Committee of WYM, responding to the Young Adult Minute we presented to them this last weekend. 




To the King!


Clip can be watched at: http://www.wingclips.com/cart.php?target=product&product_id=16272&category_id=536


Letter From Tim Hagmaier:

Young Adult Minute Acknowlegment





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