I am wondering if there is a downside to the realities of the delightful Christmas song, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas?” Surely, the upside far outweighs the downside, yet the downside deserves some attention.
I’m just wondering if it is really all that great for a new widow to be home for Christmas? Is the newly divorced man all that excited to be home for Christmas?
What are the unique challenges a military couple faces when one spouse returns from the war after being gone and in battle for over a year? How does a five year old boy feel when he hasn’t seen dad for over a year and now dad is back in the home? Maybe dad left a gentle, energetic, joyful soul and has returned battle weary and struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? A single soldier returns “Home” only to find that she was barely missed, everything has changed, and she doesn’t feel that she fits in the ‘old gang’ anymore.
I have a couple of suggestions………
1. How about offering to baby sit the children so mom and dad can have a weekend away?
2. Figure out ways to make home for Christmas feel like a genuine “HOME” this Christmas.
3. Say to one of your “home for Christmas buddies,” “What is the best thing that has happened to you since you have been gone? What is one of the most difficult things?
4. “Here’s $20. Have some fun on my dime.”
5. “Our Christmas Celebration Table wouldn’t be complete without you. Are you willing to come over and celebrate with us?
6. “We have some extra airline miles. May I fly your best friend/parents/old football buddy/etc. up for a week?
My home can be your home this Christmas.
An MCA Monday is a treat to behold. Our Children’s ministry, in keeping with our mission of equipping the Saints, presents Kids In Training. These wonderful children are learning attitudes, skills, and service. Each child is fantastic and brings to the mix their own unique personality. Tonight, our K.I.T. team celebrated the birth of our Lord with a Christmas party.
The world’s greatest teenagers also gather for training each Monday evening. To my knowledge the group doesn’t have a happening name…….. “Youth Drama” seems to be the current title. The members of our cool-name-less drama group are busily preparing for our Family Christmas celebration on December 23 beginning at 6:00 PM.
Special thanks to the students and leaders.
The House of Fontanini produces one of the most loved Nativity Collections in the world. We have been entrusted with a growing number of the delightful pieces in the 50″ Institutional Collection. Viewing this treasured Christmas set may give opportunity for mediation, reflection, and contemplation upon the nature of our Lord.
Our newest addition to the collection should arrive sometime this week. One of the pieces we have ordered is the last one available in the U.S. My blog readers will be the first to know what pieces we have purchased and when they have arrived (One of the pieces has already arrived and is in hiding).
My pastoral blog is designed for the purpose of “Putting the ‘Local’ back into Church.” When we fail to connect the real life of real people to the Real Jesus we fail in the essence of love. Speaking of love………
I finally have received wedding photos from Blaine and Robin and also from Keith and Linda. Celebrate with both couples.
Tim Tebow, 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, is well known as a follower of Jesus. It is my understanding that he loves to share his faith and proclaim the Gospel. Football is an platform for his message. Follow this link to read a great article about Tim.
Games, riding horses, hiking, inner tubing, and a tremendous presentation of “The Story of the Heart: Longing, loving, and sabotage,” by Dr. Larry Severson made the three days a delight. Conversations featuring the longings of our hearts for God increased the effectiveness.
For all of you blog readers who are unable to get to MCA for the Jesus Birthday Celebrations I am including a photo or three of the decorations in Live. Brenda led the deco crew to a fantastic presentation of Christmas ambiance.
In addition to the Live decorations, Dale has accomplished great work in Video Cafe’ (you need to swing in and check it out), Traditions, and EdGE. Fay’s team turned our relationship center into a gorgeous representation of the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to thank the artistic designers and praise God for them and their creations.
Your teen ministry is preparing for their 2007 Senior Christmas Visitation ministry. What a highlight for both the senior adults and the teens. The Christmas baskets the teens provide are filled with fantastic gifts. Yet the power of the event is the fantastic love of Jesus that is experienced.
God is love.