Wednesday, Third Week of Advent
December 19, 2007
"John said, 'Change your hearts and lives because the kingdom of heaven is coming soon.' John the Baptist is the one Isaiah the prophet was talking about. Isaiah said: 'This is a voice of a man who calls out in the desert: "Prepare the way for the Lord. Make the road straight for him."
– Matthew 3: 2,3
Get Really Ready
This is one of those children's sermons that speaks to adults, too. Pardon the old-fashioned technology!!
"Do any of you children play games or do homework on the computer? (Yes.) A computer can be lots of fun when it works. Mine often freezes up. I move my mouse to the left or the right but nothing happens on the monitor. Other times the computer sends my work to such a safe place that I can't find it again. When I tried to save some good stuff onto a disc, the screen told me it was full. I just wanted to have fun. Now, to make things right, I have to empty the disc so I can save better stuff. I get really frustrated. It's a good thing I have friends who can help me solve computer problems.
"Just like playing on the computer, Christmas can also be lots of fun. What kinds of things do we do to get ready? Are you shopping and wrapping presents? Did you get your tree decorated? Are you going to parties? Christmastime can be both full and frustrating. When I plug in the bottom string of lights on the tree, the top one goes out. I once bought my aunt a blouse in a large size before I noticed that she had stopped eating candy and had lost a lot of weight! That was embarrassing! And did you know that Poinsettia flowers are poisonous to your cat? Yep, Christmas can be pretty hectic.
"Fortunately, there is help. The Bible tells us that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle it is important to make room for Him. Just like cleaning computer discs, we need to remove what clutters our lives and concentrate on the true meaning of the season!!"
Adapted from Object Lessons for Special Occasions by Verna L. Kokmeyer
Offered by Colleen Pellman
Lecturer in Music