“Are you ready for Christmas?”

We so often ask our friends, our family, even strangers this question this time of year. And, I can’t help but wonder if it’s a trick. Can we really be prepared for Christmas? I don’t see the preparation in that first Christmas. Mary wasn’t plan-ning for it. Joseph was certainly caught off guard to say the least. They forgot to make hotel reservations and so they welcomed their infant boy into a world filled with political angst many miles away from the comforts of their home.

The Christmas story is filled with elements of surprise, the unexpected, and even the unprepared. No matter how well we had prepared for the birth of baby Elliott — we couldn’t anticipate all his birth meant for our family. Yet we find ourselves in this Advent season full of joy and love with his presence.

This season at Good Shepherd, we’re spending some time in worship exploring the gifts of Christmas that we might share with the world. Not all the gifts of the season come with ribbons and bows. Some of the best gifts are the things God will do in our lives come Christmas morning.

Do you recall the sense of curiosity, anticipation, joy, and hope for what Santa might bring? That is what the gift of Christ is all about. It’s the possibility of being surprised by love, joy, and peace in ways we can’t ever fully prepare for or imagine. It’s something we can’t do on our own. So when someone asks, “Are you ready for Christmas?” I hope you answer, “probably not” as we wait again for Christ’s birth. My advent prayer is you’re surprised with a new sense of God’s presence in your life and our world this Christmas.

We have several events for our Advent Season

Church Wide Christmas Dinner

Saturday, December 8th - 6 PM

Menu: Turkey Cornbread Dressing Green Beans Mashed Potatoes Gravy Corn.   

Join us for this fun event. Santa and Mrs. Clause will arrive around 6:45 PM for pictures and fun. Feel free to bring your own special dish or dessert to share

Christmas Eve Service 5 PM

Join us for a candlelight worship service to celebrate Christ’s birth together through worship and song. (Child friendly candles available.)