We had our annual Christmas concerts at church on Sunday, and let me just tell you, I am a small part of a large worship ministries team (complete with choir, orchestra, tech, students, and young children), but it is such a joy and a privilege to be a part of these concerts every year.
This team makes me a better worshiper and a better Christ-follower.
And this year may have just been my favorite concert that I’ve ever been a part of.
After all the rehearsing and preparing and praying and leaving my all on the platform twice in one day, I’m exhausted, but in the absolute best of ways.
The truth of the Gospel and the promise of this Emmanuel, God with us, was boldly proclaimed in song and word, while the story of Christ’s coming was unfolded beautifully.
And I can’t stop reflecting on it.
Nor do I really want to just yet.
So I share these Christmas decorations with you today knowing that while they’re lovely, the peace and true beauty we all crave so desperately (not only this time of year, but always) is only found in the person and presence of Jesus Christ – the Prince of Peace, the Holy One, the Comforter, the Counselor, the Great I AM.
And I pray that the sparkly lights and adorable vintage ornaments that my more-like-a-sister-than-just-a-friend-and-roommate decorated with this year serve as just such a reminder in the every day for the remainder of this season.
“Christ is come.
Let all creation sing.
God’s own Son.
Oh, hail the newborn King.
The Word made flesh, now dwells among us.
Christ is come!”
– Christ is Come (from The Nativity Symphony)
*linking up with The Nester’s 2013 Christmas Tour of Homes*