How many different ways can you celebrate Christmas? This year, Christmas is taking on a fresh perspective, and that is exciting. Since we celebrate XMAS every year, it seems like I get in the cycle of rituals, just like every other church function.
Last week, I made a decision to follow the Advent schedule during our weekend worship services. Two days later, Erica came to me and said, “I would like to lead our boys through Advent this year.” I have to admit, raised Pentecostal, we looked down on stuff like that. We thought it was weak to have a written out plan of scriptures and reading schedules accompanied with candles, wreaths, etc. I am sure to those of you who have done it for 20 years, it is old hat. But, to the Steele family, it is extremely fresh and relevant. It has made me look at everything differently. I look at each decoration and symbol and recall its importance in bringing the story to life.