Merry Christmas!

Luke 2   4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (NKJV)

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After a whole lot of prayer and consideration, last summer Bill and I both strongly felt that we were being led to find a new church for our family to attend.  It was an extremely difficult decision for us to make…we loved the people at our former church and didn’t have any huge, doctrinal issues that were leading us away.  And yet we knew that moving on to find somewhere that better fit the needs of our family was something we needed to do.

Since then we have visited quite a few new churches…and I have to tell you, I was absolutely dreading the whole “visiting a new church” experience.  To my surprise I have found that I actually enjoy visiting new churches.  I love seeing how they run their worship service, children and teen programs and hearing different pastors speak on different topics.

As we got closer to Christmas though, I became a bit sad because we still aren’t sure which new church we’ll be calling “home” yet and that meant that our kiddos wouldn’t be in a children’s Christmas Program for the first time in their entire lives.

We made up for that by attending my sister, Janine’s, church which put on an incredibly beautiful and poignant Christmas Cantata.  (During the nativity scene pictured above, the angel performed sign language throughout the entire song.  I had chills!)

Being there in that church, celebrating the birth of Christ while in the midst of (mainly) strangers was an immediate reminder to me that even though we haven’t yet found our new church home, we can find fellowship with other believers in any church that honors and worships Him.

Our entire clan wishes all of you – friends and family both near and far – a wonderful, blessed Christmas today!