Children and Angel’s Wings

  • By Dr. Don Martin
  • Senior Pastor
  • December 5, 2014
I'm having trouble getting in the Christmas spirit this year. Don't know why, really, but the weather ain't helping. "Frosty the Snowman" and "dashing through the snow" just don't work for me when the high is 71 degrees. Hanging the Christmas wreaths on my office door and the front door at home helped, but I'm still a nickel short. We will bring the Christmas tree out of the basement, and that should get the fire started. Buying a few gifts for folks I love is moving me in a Bethlehem direction. Some eggnog will add horsepower -- does every time. I'm not worried because I know what's gonna happen Sunday, and I'll be feeling "it" even if the temperature is balmy. The Rise and Shine Second Grade Choir is going to sing this Sunday morning. They will march forward at the 11 a.m. service in red T-shirts to call us into the worship of God. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer himself will tilt his ear toward Alpharetta Methodist at the sacred hour to listen. There is something about the voice of children that stirs the Christmas in me. The Lord of Glory, the King of Kings became a child so long ago in a place far away but forever near to my heart. He made the world a better place for every child when he was wrapped in swaddling clothes and went to sleep in a hay lined manger. So when they come into the sanctuary, I think of him. Innocent, vulnerable, spontaneous, some loud and some shy, all remind me of him. He grew up and changed the world so their growing up could mean growing up in the way and truth and life of God. That's everything. Even more, the combined Children's Choirs will be back at 4 p.m. on Sunday to stand and sing in the Christmas light, angel's wings and all. They will remind us that his humble birth was for us and all the world. "Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him," is the way John phrases it. Drink the last of the eggnog and get to your seat early. You will leave in the Christmas spirit -- guaranteed.