Well, this morning was quite an adventure. Last week, the congregation of my church was informed that a “special guest” would be in attendance this Sunday, and all the children would be upstairs. I’ve never been at our church where it’s required for the kids to be upstairs…recommended, but not required. Secondly, we don’t have “special guests” without knowing who they are ahead of time.
So, we came to church with all the children anticipating a guest. It was noisy and hectic, and there were so many kids! Another hint that this would be no ordinary service was that we started by singing Christmas carols…like, Jingle Bells and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. I love Christmas carols as much as the next musical aficionado, but it was a different dynamic.
At about 11:15, we see our pastor nod to the back of the sanctuary…and in comes Old Saint Nick! That’s right; Santa Claus was our special guest! He had all the children go up to the front, and he told them the story of the candy cane.
If you don’t know it, it’s about a candy maker who wanted a candy that truly represents Christmas. The white of the candy symbolizes the virgin birth and the purity and sinless nature of Jesus. The hardness of the candy is for the foundation of the Church and the solidity of the promises of God. He shaped it into a “J” to represent the name of Jesus. The red stripe is for the blood Jesus shed.
The kids were so attentive and quiet throughout this whole story. Santa then presented them with candy canes and the story he told about the candy cane. It was so cool to see them sit there and listen, even though it was “grown-up church.”
I can’t wait for Christmas and to celebrate the great gift God gave us. Merry Christmas, everyone! Remember what a truly amazing gift we were given so long ago, and I’ll be praying for you. God bless,
Luke 1:30-31: “But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.”