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Ghost of Christmas Present

Rev. Doug Meyer's granddaughters remind him of the awe and wonder of Christmas. What helps you be fully present? Join us on Sunday for worship and learn everything happening at Trietsch this Advent and Christmas at TMUMC.ORG/christmas.

I am a "Scrooge" in recovery!

For years I have been a reluctant Christmas participant, often you would hear me echoing the phrase bah-hum-bug.

Why? Well, much of it has to do with unfulfilled childhood dreams. That is a long story for another day. That was then - this is now.

I started changing with the birth of my granddaughters 8 years ago – the twinkle in their eyes, the excitement and anticipation they innocently exude reawakened in me the joy of giving and receiving gifts!

The next element in my changing attitude was learning to relax and live in to some new healthier ways of looking at my  life drama. – such as: it is going to be what it is going to be, it is not my responsibility to make every one in my circle of influence happy, and finally there is SO much more to Christmas than the madness of lists, parties, and traffic – all the things that used to drive me to a crazy place.

I have come to realize I have the power to choose to  step away from the madness, and to participate in the aspects of the season that feed and touch my soul.

I am excited to get the chance to preach Sunday on the Luke 1:26-38 text in which the angel Gabriel comes and visits with Mary and informs she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.

I invite you to join me in making Mary's response a part of your Christmas decision making: Mary said, "I am the Lord's servant! Let it happen as you have said." (Luke 1:38)

Luke 1:26-38 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

One month later God sent the angel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth in Galilee with a message for a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to Joseph from the family of King David. The angel greeted Mary and said, "You are truly blessed! The Lord is with you."

Mary was confused by the angel’s words and wondered what they meant. Then the angel told Mary, "Don't be afraid! God is pleased with you, and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of God Most High. The Lord God will make him king, as his ancestor David was. He will rule the people of Israel forever, and his kingdom will never end."

Mary asked the angel, "How can this happen? I am not married!"

The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come down to you, and God's power will come over you. So your child will be called the holy Son of God. Your relative Elizabeth is also going to have a son, even though she is old. No one thought she could ever have a baby, but in three months she will have a son. Nothing is impossible for God!"

Mary said, "I am the Lord's servant! Let it happen as you have said." And the angel left her.

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