Thanksgiving is always one of my favorite holidays of any year. I treasure time with our family, eating turkey and watching football. This year was a non-traditional Thanksgiving weekend for us. Tyler is in Alabama and could not make it home so Penny and I met him in Chattanooga for Wednesday lunch and to exchange cars with him (he was in a wreck last week on Interstate 59 and was blessed to be safe). Thursday was the day of our Thanksgiving meal for anybody. The turnout of our volunteers was incredible. You just kept coming! The committee which planned and implemented this meal did a fantastic job. We were blessed with more than 200 “guests.” Another 150+ meals were prepared for people to “take out” to those who could not be here. All in all, it was a memorable Thanksgiving in a new and different tradition.
Now Advent is here. This is a time of preparation as we await the coming of the Christ-child. How would you prepare if God came to visit you? Would you clean the house, mow the lawn or do other maintenance issues? Or would you do a spiritual housecleaning? Would we ask God to prepare our hearts so that this Christmas God could do something special in our lives?
Throughout Advent we will look to some of the carols we love to sing at Christmas. This week we will look to one of my favorites, “Joy to the World.” Join us on Sunday as we see the wonderful history behind a great carol. I look forward to sharing the story with you then. Sunday afternoon at 5 PM we will have our Service of Remembrance as we think of those we love who are now with the Lord. It is a meaningful time. I hope you will be here if you are missing someone this Christmas.