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J.O.Y. - December 22, 2005

I overheard a conversation in a doctor’s office between two men. They were saying they hated Christmas because it was so commercial. It was just spend, spend, spend. People were charging everything when they did not have the money to pay the bills.

I was really puzzled by this attitude, so, on the way home that evening, I decided to see if Christ was in Christmas in Calhoun County.

I saw several outdoor nativity scenes as I came across 16 from Big Otter. I saw a big orange ball behind trees and could not tell if it was the sun going down or the moon coming up. I decided to go up toward Pleasant Hill to see this object.  Out by the Pleasant Hill Church, I looked over to the left, and yes, it was the moon - and a very vivid one, too.  Only God can make a scene like this.

Next, I stopped at the outdoor live nativity at Victory church. Church members were portraying the different aspects of the birth of Christ. There were angels, shepherds, wise men, the innkeeper and wife, Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus, and even live animals.

I visited a neighbor who has a collection of nativity sets. One was from a flea market, two were small ornaments from Yugoslavia, another from Africa, a metal sculpture from a chain store and a mantel set, which was made by a friend. 

Then, we heard a beautiful Christmas cantata at church this morning. A young adult class had the ceremony of lighting the Advent candle for the day. The last candle will be lit on Christmas Eve. The children heard a poem about Mary’s Little Lamb. Even in the nursery, the teacher was helping the small children draw a nativity scene on the chalkboard. The children’s program will be tonight. This Christmas week will end with a Service on Christmas Eve. 

This is just what I saw in a 24-hour period. I know that other churches are having special events and community groups are helping spread Christmas spirit that lasts the whole year, not just at Christmas time. 

Christmas time can be a time of stress. It can make us bitter or better. Do you notice that when you take the I out of bitter, it makes it better? Maybe that is what our attitude should be at Christmas. Let us concentrate on others.

In our church, there is an acronym J.O.Y. - Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last!

Merry Christmas to all of our readers! We love you!

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