Archive | December, 2009

Do you see what I see?

17 Dec

I am so proud of myself for that title.  You will find out why here in just a minute.  He-Wood here, by the way.  I want to talk today about the many symbols that are used at Christmas time.  There is Santa Claus, reindeer, stars, Christmas trees, mangers, stables, shepherds, lights, snowflakes, and many other things.  All of these things represent Christmas in our society.  However, they haven’t always meant Christmas.  Take Christmas trees for example.  They come from a pagan background when the Druids and the Saxons used to worship the pagan sun God on the Winter solstice by creating a huge bonfire around a sacred oak tree.  The idea was subsequently Christianized, and we now have Christmas trees.  Pretty crazy, huh?  I just wonder if you see what needs to be seen when you look at the many Christmas symbols.  No, reindeer and snowflakes don’t really represent anything that have to do with Jesus, but most of the other symbols do point back to Jesus.  Stars point to the star that guided the wise men, and presents represent the gifts the wise men brought to Jesus.  Mangers and stables harken to where Jesus was born (even though Jesus was not actually born in a nice barn like is usually depicted, but that is another story and I don’t have time. We have to move on).  But I ask the question: Do you see what I see?  When you look at all of these symbols at this time of year, what are you reminded of?  Do you think about how you need to get to this store to get that gift for someone, or are you reminded of the fact that God became man in the form of a baby so that we can have a relationship with Him?  Don’t fail to realize the amazing magnitude of that simple event.  Jesus was the ultimate gift to all of humanity, and that is why we celebrate this time of year.

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Have a holly jolly Christmas

16 Dec

It’s the best time of the year! I agree…okay She-wood here…been so busy I haven’t formally introduced myself. Anyhow so back to the Christmas stuff…I’ve done lots of staying up late and sleeping in the livingroom with the youngest Wee-Wood.  Normally this would bother me but the Christmas tree brings such warmth and happiness into my livingroom that I don’t mind. In fact if I could I’d leave it up. But seriously that’s probably cuz it is soooo depressing to take it down. I’ll hire someone to do that for me.

Our Christmas tree is that kind that is full of memories…and more memories waiting to happen. It doesn’t have a theme or neatly put together…it just is there. Confession time: I cried when I put it up this year. We’ve got our lenox ornaments from when the girls were born and when we bought the house…then I thought of all the wonderful little ornaments they will make for the tree over the years and then them moving out. So I cried.

I also enjoy looking at it because it’s full of presents underneath. Not to be proud because I feel bad for those who dont have presents but we budgeted for those and worked really hard but I am struggling with whats under our tree verses others. I enjoy giving gifts and enjoyed having my envelope full on black friday to go shopping! Surprisingly this has been our best christmas to give…even with the economy cuz I’m finally getting the hang of my budget and taking out cash really helps. Oh please dont come rob me because honestly it’s not lots but He-Wood and I can do some bargain shopping. Lets just say black friday alone we saved over 600bucks! Crazy…we saved 300+ at Kohls and didn’t even spend that much. Gotta love it!

Wee-Wood 2 is crying, must run to the rescue.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

16 Dec

I cannot believe that the big day is only 10 days away.  I was praying this evening, and I said to God that it had snuck up on us this year.  However, I was immediately convicted in that statement.  Why would celebration of the birth of our Savior sneak up on any of us?  I was instantly reminded of the fact that Christmas is not something that we only celebrate in December for a few weeks.  Christmas is half of what makes Christianity so incredibly awesome.  I am a worship leader and youth pastor. and I have been trying to drill in the congregation the fact that we must have the cross in the back of our minds as we approach the manger.  The cross is what makes the manger so awe-inspiring.  The fact that the little baby in the manger was born so that mankind may have life, is what makes the manger awesome.  That little baby was born so that He could ultimately die and atone for the sin of humanity.  We have to keep this in mind this time of year.  It is this fact that leads us to worship around the manger in the first place.  I have been trying also to inform our youth at the church of the real Christmas.  It is not this nice little children’s story that we hear every year.  In all truthfulness, Jesus was born on what was possibly the worst day of Mary and Joseph’s life.  It was late at night on tax day.  They were away from home traveling under a cloud of scandal due to the fact that they were engaged and yet Mary was pregnant.  The baby Jesus was not born in a nice neat barn or stable like it often depicted, but rather He was born in the dark in a cave where animals gathered for shelter.  It was a terrible day for the young couple, and yet it was the day that God chose to break 400 years of silence with the sweet cry of a newborn baby. It draws me to worship even now.  God chose the least likely of days to bring ultimate hope into humanity.  It is most definitely a day of worship, and it is an event that we, as Christians, should never take for granted.  Therefore, this Christmas take the time to slow down and remember that we are celebrating the coming of our Savior, but don’t let December be the only time that you celebrate the coming of the Savior.

But You Came Like A Winter Snow…

13 Dec

Being that this is the inaugural post on this blog, I thought it would be good to tell everyone about what she-wood and I did this evening. We wet to the Chris Tomlin Glory in the Highest tour this evening at the Tabernacle. It was amazing! Worship was taking place like crazy. I think that it is awesome how such authentic worship can take place in a venue where very ungodly stuff usually happens. Anyway, the concert was awesome. Worship at Christmas is so cool to me. Taking a moment to realize that God chose to break 400 years of silence with a baby’s cry, and the ensuing worship are awesome. Louie Giglio spoke this evening as well. It was great as always, but something he said stood out to me. He said, “Jesus was the only baby who chose to be born. All other people have no choice, but He decided to be born. It was a great night, and I am so glad that I shared it with she-wood!