Under the Christmas Tree we find our final stop on the Christmas Places theme. Let’s remember the final stop of our Christmas journey and the final stop of the original Christmas story this Christmas Eve.
Our third stop on the “Christmas Places” theme is “Family Dinner (Eat, Argue… or Both?).” The family dinner table at Christmas (or otherwise) can be full of fun, laughter, and memories. It can also be a time of tension, arguing, and fussing. What would it take for us to redeem these moments? What might our Christmas Family Dinner look like this year? It will probably be different as some of our family may not be present.
Our second stop on the “Christmas Places” theme is “At The Mall.” The hustle and bustle of the mall can provide an exciting opportunity for deals and sales, but it can also provide a great deal of stress with picking the right gift and managing the crowds of people. So much of shopping focuses on wants and consumption. What if we took more time to serve this Christmas? Key Texts: Revelation 3:17-18 (NIV); Proverbs 10:2 (NIV)
Our first stop on the “Christmas Places” theme is “Decorating the House.” Christmas is an exhilarating time each year, looked forward to by throngs of adults as well us millions of children. But it’s also a time of extreme busyness, stress, anxiety and uncertainty. How might we seek and find Christ in all of the various Christmas places and “states” we find ourselves ? Key Text: Malachi 3:1-2 NLT