My apologies if this interrupts your Christmas morning celebration, but I can't keep the joy to myself. I'll try to make this entry short, knowing that it will arrive on what I hope to be a very, merry Christmas morning!
I just wanted to thank all of you that sacrificed your Christmas Eve to bless the men and women serving in nursing homes, at the Police Department, DPS, County Law Enforcement, Fire Department, Emergency Medical Team, and at Hill Country Memorial Hospital! The Christmas cheer you provided was a blessing. Praise the Lord and thank you very, very much. It was a dream come true. Let me explain:
As I ran a quick errand last night before meeting up with the Monday & Wednesday Restore families at the Fire Department, I passed several churches with jammed packed parking lots! No doubt sanctuaries were beautifully decorated, happy families were dressed in Sunday best, songs were being sung, and candles were warming hearts to Silent Night. I bet there wasn't an unoccupied pew. Praise God for a season to celebrate His Son!
But where were many of you? Some, no doubt were there, enjoying the services. I hope it proved a wonderful blessing for you & your family. However, some of you spent the night transforming dispatch & nurses stations into cathedrals of praise. You took the Christmas Eve service to those who wouldn't have been able to attend otherwise, to those who make their living serving us on Christmas Eve!
Watching you be the hands and feet of King Jesus was a dream come true! It was a wonderful, Christ-like offering of song, food, gifts, fellowship, love... a life-sized, living Gospel presentation of God the Son, who gave up the glory of His heavenly sanctuary on a Christmas Eve two thousand years ago to become a servant to those who'd otherwise have been lost, overlooked, left behind. Hallelujah!
This is the third year our Father has given us the opportunity to "go" into the community to share the life of Jesus, the love of God. Thank You, Lord, for rescuing us from the pit & adopting us into Your family and ministry in Fredericksburg... and Lytle, too!
Dearest church family, I hope the Lord blesses your Christmas the way you & He have mine.