***DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
JANUARY 8th WORSHIP IS CANCELLED***
Thinking Out Loud...'Tis the Season
I haven’t been able to get hymn 100 from the Glory to God hymnal out of my head. I keep hearing the words and tune repeating again and again. Particularly verse one and the refrain which read:
“My soul cries out with a joyful shout that the God of my heart is great, and my spirit sings of the wondrous things that you bring to those who wait…My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn. Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn.”
I keep thinking how amazing the incarnation truly is – how one event flipped the world upside down and turned it all around. I keep imagining how incredible it must have been for those who heard and saw the angels breaking through the night sky singing with thunderous voices about the arrival of the Christ child. I want to be swept up into that level of rejoicing – don’t you? To be transported by the news and dizzy with excitement and hope and joy. I want to feel the earth moving beneath my feet because the world is about to turn a new and glorious page.
But Christmas is just a remembering time you might say. Jesus has come incarnate, lived, died and risen (thanks be to God!) and we are here on the other side of the resurrection. How can we be that excited about what has already occurred? We are remembering the event of the incarnation, yes, but Christ is still breaking into our world, isn’t he? Wondrous things are still happening, angels are still singing, and we are still living in that incarnation moment because we share in Christ’s story. We are written into that moment, wherein Christ anticipated us – or at least our need for him, and so he came that we might live fully and joyfully. I think that’s worth singing and shouting about right now, don’t you?
Blessings this Christmastide,