The older I get, the more important church is in my life! It just doesn't feel right if I don't go on Sunday morning. It would be like leaving the house without brushing my teeth! It fills the hole in my life for another week. There, I meet with Jesus through the sacrament of Communion and His word. Oh, certainly, God is in the woods, and by the lake, and you don't have to go to church to feel His presence, but it sure is easier to partake of His gifts to us in his house!
We are very blessed with our minister. He gives great sermons and leaves us with something to always think about. After church there is a Bible study. Sometimes, we get hung up on a subject.
Yesterday we discussed a relationship with God. It is personally painful to me to be married to a non-believer and my son is part of the group we call, the C&E'ers (Christmas and Easter). Many young people have left the church. They figure if they show up once or twice a year, that is good. The babies are not baptized and the children do not go to Sunday School and learn about Jesus.
Our minister likened it to a love affair or a marriage. If you love someone, you WANT to be with them! (Not just once or twice a year!) God wants to be with us, and that is why he sent his son, IMMANUEL: God with us!
It makes me want to see Him more often. I have been remiss in attending services for Advent and Lent. Perhaps my heart would be better prepared for his birthday if I had attended Advent services.
I am trying to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and not get hung up on the small stuff.
Have a Blessed Christmas!