“The weary world,” this is where we would say, “Rejoices!” It is a hard line to sing this Advent and Christmas season.
The world is weary. A lot has been taken from us.
As you hear the story of the birth of Jesus this Christmas, don’t miss the reality. Through the holy moments of God breaking into existence, the message is clear, “God longs to be with us.”
Hear again, the announcement of the angels, “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
A weary world rejoices because God is with us.
Do you remember the story of when I served Wonder Bread and Gatorade for Christmas Eve Communion?
I forgot to mention that on the way back from the gas station, I got pulled over in my green Mitusbishi Eclipse for speeding. I was going too fast on Hwy 51 south, trying to get back before it was time to serve communion.
“Where you headed in such a hurry, young man?” the officer asked. “To serve communion, sir,” I responded. “Excuse me!” he said in disbelief. “I am the local United Methodist Church pastor, and I forgot to purchase the communion elements. So, I ran up to the gas station and got Wonder Bread and Gatorade,” I explained.
“Drive safe,” he replied while shaking his head and walking back to his patrol car. I am pretty sure he didn’t believe me. But it was Christmas Eve.
(Click here for part one of the story)
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