Wrapped Up

Every year Christmas comes and we celebrate. We draw together as families, as a community of faith, as a nation, and even around the world to pause and celebrate.

I know that as a nation we have become more secular and “Happy Holidays” is now kind of the expected norm.

But let’s make no mistake, the holiday behind the “holiday” in that expression, at its genesis, is Christmas.

The entry of God in the flesh into this world is such a penetrating reality that our world has never been the same. As a planet, there is a global reminder that God loves this world.

As we move towards Christmas, we’ll celebrate this blessed season at Forum as we start a new series called “Wrapped Up.”

I don’t know about you, but for our family there is an enormous amount of wrapping things up during this season of the year.

We wrap up presents.

We wrap up year-end business.

We want things to be wrapped up.

The singular most profound mystery in the history of this world is that God wrapped Himself in flesh. So during this season we’re going to encourage you to wrap up this season in love. We’re going to remind you to accept God’s gift of love in our life. We’re going to wrap our lives in Christ.

I’m really looking forward to our Children’s Theater presentation of “Arrest These Merry Gentlemen” on both Friday evening, December 9 at 6:30 and Saturday afternoon, December 10 at 2:00.  We have invited groups of seniors from several of Columbia’s assisted living communities to our Saturday performance.  Afterward we will have a time of fellowship where we will present them with a lap blanket and a poinsettia for Christmas.  We hope you will be able to join us and enjoy all the hard work the kids have invested over the last several weeks. We’re encouraging you to purchase a lap blanket for these seniors to wrap up in during the winter and to also donate $5 for a poinsettia to brighten their room.

I’m looking forward to inviting some very specific friends in our community who love the arts and who have kids that are in TRYPS. You probably know some people who fall into similar categories who you could invite to this performance.

This Sunday we’re going to look at the “Why?” behind the event of Christmas. “Why Christmas?” Why do we wrap up our gifts and presents? Why do we go through all the extravagant efforts connected to making this holiday special every year for our families? Why did God send His one and only son into this world?

Looking forward to sharing a great message of love, hope, and challenge this Sunday. All the Sundays during this season are great ones to invite friends to share with us. Looking forward to helping create a, “Merry Christmas.”