It’s here again. Without fail, December 24th comes and we have our Christmas Eve services. Christmas Eve was always fun growing up. We’d go to a Christmas Eve service with family, then I’d go over to Evan’s house and stay there playing video games late into the night. The same things happen now, except replace my family growing up with my own wife and children; replace Tomball, TX with Baton Rouge, LA; replace services I attend with services I lead; and replace Evan with . . . well, you can’t replace Evan.
I am obnoxious with the staff and folks from The Chapel about how much I enjoy these services—some reasons noble and some a little more selfish. Here are my top four . . .
- People want be there: That isn’t to say people aren’t glad to be at other services throughout the year (or at least I hope), but something about these services fills the room with gladness. I’m grateful for that and love to be in a room where people are excited to be there. And, with the service being simpler, there are less demands on the schedule. We are all in the same place at the same time.
- Kids: This doesn’t make parents excited (all the time), but we have no other events other than the service. Babies cry, kids fuss, parents walk around the room, wax drips everywhere. It’s hectic and noisy, butI love it. Last year we had around 70 kids up on stage with me as I attempted to read them the story of Jesus’ birth. I was more stressed that the kids were wandering around the stage, but I’ll take that over stiff and stuffy.
- Christmas Carols: I’m a sucker for them. New ones, old ones, redone old ones, I like (almost) all of them. I get about four or five services a year where we can sing those songs out with all that is within us.
- Jesus: This one goes without saying, but I say it nonetheless because it is the most important. God became man so that we could become sons and daughters of God. If we ever stop marveling at that then something has gone completely wrong. We should tell the story as long as we have breath.
I invite any and everyone to join us at one of our services. We’ll be at the Oaks at 4:30 and 6:00 and the Campus Location will have a service at 5:00. I hope you can make it to one of these. Merry Christmas.
The story is true. . .