Time for kids and joy
It’s Sunday before Christmas
Church and friends and love
Is ready for the people
The Son waits with us
Fifth Advent candle
Waits with us for Christmas Day
Hope, love, joy, and peace
All are brightly lit
But not the center candle
It represents Christ
The stairs to the church’s front
Poinsettias tell all
Kathy and Jaime
Beautifully play the songs
That ring in Christmas
The smiles of children
Remind is of the Christ Child
Whose birth we await
Today’s sermon was told by Elaine Hundley, in her husband Rev. Steve Hundley’s absence. The sermon focused on Joseph, the baby Jesus’ earthly father.
We pray for Steve as he sits at his dying mother’s bedside way over on the other side of the USA. We pray for Elaine who is experiencing her first Christmas apart from Steve in 42 years! She remained here to carry on Steve’s ministry in our church. God bless her!
I listened carefully to capture the message as Elaine delivered a sermon Steve had written some years ago. To understand the introduction, you need to know that Steve and Elaine are adoptive parents.
Here are my poetic renderings:
“Feeling Good About Christmas”
The adoption agency checked us out.
They made sure we were okay.
I wonder what God did to check out
Mary and Joseph to parent Jesus His way.
Joseph was a righteous man who
Believed the angel Gabriel who told:
“The baby was conceived by the Holy Spirit.”
So Joseph didn’t desert her – nor scold.
He took her to be his wife,
And ignored what might have been said
By the town folks as they gossiped.
He knew she was pure and had not “gone to bed.”
Joseph was a good man, a believer,
Who read and understood God’s grace.
He saw through the Holy Spirit’s lenses,
And was able to accept this Holy Child
from God’s Holy place.
May we, too, know the Christ Child
as God’s gift to us. Amen!
Happy Fourth Sunday of Advent.
May the peace of Christ permeate your heart
and give you a peace-filled week.
Have a good Sunday night.
See ya tomorrow.