Hello my friends, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas! I have a couple more blogs to put up around the New Year continuing my series in Kings and then into Job and others. Also: JTI begins a teaching series on the book of Psalms in the new year, notes to be blogged.
2000 years ago God became a man in order to redeem humanity from the curse sin. We celebrate the birth and the arrival of the Messiah on December 25th. This time of year had always exited me ever since I was a kid. Although, now as an adult I can almost feel the pressure of a shopper even though I finished weeks ago. It breaks my heart to see grown ups acting like kids to fight over whatever big toy is selling. Despite the Christmas happiness, this is also a very sad time of the year for some people. Especially those who have lost loved ones. It has been 3 years since my Grandmother passed away. Four years since there was a big family deal at the house. Some family still gathers and visits but it's never the same without Grandma. She had over 25 grandchildren and great grandchildren and knew all their names, birthdays and interests. Truly an amazing woman. But life moves on. As a child, Christmas Eve was a big deal at the Hubbert house. Just about every child and grandchild got to Grandpa and Grandma's house for a huge dinner, gifts and some fun. My grandpa used to own a farm a few minutes outside of town and going to do chores with him became a nice tradition. We used to secret santa among the cousins and buy gifts accordingly. One year my baby cousin (at the time) got me Goofy Movie!! How awesome is that?
Someday I really want to have a family of my own to have similar traditions with. God willing that is not far down the road. Cheers to you this Christmas. Have fun and PLEASE be safe! I celebrate the day where you (Jesus) were born to die so I could one day pray for you to save my life.
PS. If you ever get the chance, go see Handel's Messiah at Center in the Square in downtown Kitchener (or any theatre for that matter). It is a remarkable interpretation of the Messiah. Here is a sneak preview done by the London Symphony Orchestra: Click Here to listen (fyi it is NOT the Hallejuah chorus)