It is New Year’s Eve as I write this column. As we are prone to do around the beginning of a new year I am remembering the beginnings of years past. One that stands out in my mind happened over forty years ago. Jon and I were studying at L’Abri in Switzerland with Dr. Francis Schaeffer. Jon was a recent seminary graduate and was delving into some lingering theological issues from his studies. I was along for the ride. The setting was a small village on the side of a mountain in the Alps. The view out our window was like a scene from a Christmas card. I felt like we were living a winter wonderland. As a Louisiana girl, I had never even imagined so much snow.
As the new year approached, we gathered with friends near a roaring stone fireplace. When midnight came, there were no fireworks. But from across the mountains in villages both large and small, the church bells began to peel out. The lovely sounds echoed across the mountain and back over and over and were magnified again and again. I had never before or since heard such lovely sounds. It sounded like a heavenly anthem and brought to mind the angels proclaiming the good news of Christ’s birth to shepherds on the hillside that first Christmas.
We can’t know what 2015 will bring. A joy for us is that we expect to have a new grandson in the year ahead. There will be other joys and sorrows, too. I am reminded of a Gaither hymn that has these words, “I don’t know about the future. I don’t seem to understand. But I know who holds the future, and I know who holds my hand.”
My our Lord Jesus hold your hand in 2015! Happy New Year!
TOP TEN PREDICTIONS FOR 2015
1. The Bible will still have all the answers.
2. Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost.
Sunday, December 21
Christmas Worship Service
Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service
BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE
Sunday, December 14, 2014
A service of Christian faith especially for those approaching this Christmas in grief.
This service is for those who have a hard time when everyone else is happy. People who have experienced the death of a person close to them, have divorced, had a miscarriage, lost a job, have health difficulties or other losses and need a place of peace and reflection at Christmas. Together we will acknowledge the sadness and difficulties of the holidays but also will be reminded of the healing and hope we have in Christ.
Quiet hymns, scripture, a reflective meditation, prayer, and the opportunity to light candles of memory to remind us of the ongoing strength of the Christmas message. Everyone is welcome, regardless of church membership or where you are in your personal journey of faith.