• Jill Jarrell Newsome

Worship, Laughter & Love

My Mom and I attended the seniors Christmas celebration at church prior to Christmas. We continue to be blown away by the many opportunities for our seniors. Entertainment was provided by our own band. They played and sang Christmas songs. And, of course, we were invited to participate and sing along. Jokes were told between each song and you would not believe how bad they were so here is a sample. ! Q- “What does the gingerbread man use to make his bed?” A - ”Cookie sheets!” And one more to prove my point. Q - “How do angels greet each other?” A - “Halo!” They were so bad that you laughed at them. Job 8: 21, “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Proverbs 17: 22, A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

I was not sure who the local celebrity was that all of the people were gathering around. Finally, I saw it was a staff member who has been out for a while! It was very obvious that he had been truly missed over the last few months. He sang, “No Place Like Home For The Holidays” referring to our church as “home” while singing to his “family.” The song starts with, “Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays. Cause no matter how far away you roam. When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze. For the holidays you can't beat home sweet home!”

Our church friends really are our family. Family takes care of each other. We all have one Father and that makes us family! When Christ fills our heart that becomes our identity. Having Christ in our heart is deeper than any DNA because we are all created by the same God and rescued from sin through Jesus Christ. Just like I love to see my children having fun together and laughing, I know God was smiling watching his children celebrate Christmas, united in His love. As we all sang “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night” it was such a joyous feeling of gratefulness. Colossians 3: 16, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” It was a wonderful evening of worship, laughter and love with family!

I cannot imagine doing life without my church family. They are there for you and you care about each other. They pray for you and your prayer concerns. Because life gets busy it is hard to always get together with friends but when they are your church friends you see them weekly! And if you are in a small group with some there is a very special bond that holds you together. If you are in a church family take time to thank God for this blessing! If you are not, you should ask God to help you find a church family. No better time than the new year to visit a church! Go and enjoy worship, laughter and love!

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