Christmas is upon us! I can't wait. Can you remember being a kid, the feeling of not being able to sleep because the next day was gonna be amazing! Such a good feeling!
But it doesn't always stick, right? Sometimes as parents, even though we want our kids to be excited we aren't really excited. It can feel like Christmas was just here, the money is too much, decorating ... we're just gonna have to take it down.
What happens is this, the malaise of the world creeps in because we begin to believe that Christmas is about the trappings, wrappings and trees. We hear things like, “Jesus is the reason for the season” and we can be tempted to think kitschy or cheesy that is. But we have to bring ourselves and our families out of the cloud of malaise and back into zeal.
We are told not to be slothful in zeal. We should be on guard against being blah, being unexcited about this season. One of the best ways to do that is to really press in with the events of your faith family. The church sets up many of its functions around the liturgical or Christian year. We ramp up to Christmas with Advent and move from there toward Easter every year to remember Christ.
This season we can read with our families and consider the questions that are with the reading. Having conversations about Jesus’ birth with our kids changes things. Also, when our kids see us prioritize worship (zeal), they begin to understand that it really matters to us. This is one of the reasons we really want to encourage you to come out to the Christmas Eve’s Eve service in the park. Bring your kids, crack a glow stick, and let them see that in this season, Jesus and his church are special.
We are super excited to be there with you, and we are super excited to see a shift across our movement from being “conformed” to the world this season but rather being “transformed” by the renewing of our minds and proving what is the good and perfect will of God.