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July 2018 Mission Musings
Christmas in July…
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord” Luke 2:11
We are enjoying CHRISTmas in July as our Vacation Bible School theme this year. I printed it with CHRIST in capital letters as we focus on the most important part of the story; CHRIST coming to us! Even though our days will consist of wrapping presents for our mission project recipients, singing Christmas carols, and even attempting to make “snow,” the most important part of our time will be hearing the beloved story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem.
When the thought of this idea hit me, it made perfect sense. We are so overwhelmed at Christmas time with all the busyness, we hardly hear the Good News of Jesus, our Savior. Our minds are so cluttered with gift buying, food prep, and making sure the lines and costumes for the Christmas Program are all perfect, we miss out on the reason we are celebrating Jesus’ Birthday in the first place. So, why not take the time to slow down, hear and dig in a little deeper to what really happened when Jesus was born in a stable? Maybe you too could reread the account of our Savior’s birth found in Luke and in Matthew. Now is the perfect time!
So here is what I am asking you LWML ladies and men to do, take Jesus to your “neighbor.” Play and sing a favorite Christmas hymn or two, such as “Joy to the World” or “Away in a Manger” as you do something for another person. Share your Christmas joy with someone who needs to hear this Good News. Perhaps they know it but need to be reminded that Jesus came for them. Christmas needs to be celebrated throughout the year, not just in December.
A blessed CHRISTmas in July to all!
Debra Albers, VP of Christian Life