How are you wrapping (no pun intended!) up the week before Christmas Sunday? I’m guessing that it’s been hurried and hectic, at least to some degree, a bit more than usual. What a wonderful time of year. I trust today finds you with plans for warm and memorable celebrations with closest of friends and family. My mind stirs as I write and recalls those in relationship with CAC who’ve passed away since the beginning of 2011 year. You who’ve survived them are in our thoughts and prayers, since this season tends to accentuate the losses of those who’ve customarily been nearby for festivities. Let us lift up our eyes with a special sensitivity on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year and look upon those with us who we hold so dear. Hold them dearer. Cherish the moments. As I advance in my own age, I see how time and circumstance change the family setting more drastically than I’d yet imagined.
Here at my in-laws home in Greenville, MS, we’ve been watching home movies from the early 1990’s. My, have things changed! My little boys are no longer so. Addresses have changed. Dark-haired adults are now white-headed. Siblings mysteriously absent have been born and are themselves progressing from childhood to post-adolescence.
Here’s a great little story, speaking of change: Lately, my 17-year-old son, Don III, has coined a phrase “I almost died.” He humorously makes that his exclamation whenever we have a “close-call” in traffic. (Not seriously, just at abrupt and unexpected stops, starts, and swerves.) When we slip a bit on icy roads, he’ll comically exclaim, “I almost died!” to humor everyone in the vehicle. On one of the old videos, Don is a 3-year-old little swimmer, fresh out of the water, sitting in his wet trunks. Without being asked, big blue eyes wide and chubby cheeks rosy he soberly says, “When I was swimming, I died.” We all cracked up. He’s still saying it, but at an entirely different age and stage! I’m so thrilled we have that memory captured on tape. Let me encourage you to take lots of photos and video recordings during this season to be sure you capture fleeting moments of blessings and humor; kids and adults; home and hearth.
Along with this brief Christmas greeting, I wanted to be sure you are once again reminded that that there will be *no church service* on both Sunday mornings, December 25th and January 1st. For both days, we’ll have services at 6:30 PM.
This Sunday, for Christmas, we’re hosting a “Candlelight Service” in which we’ll distribute candles to every responsible person in the sanctuary. (Parents are expected to help decide which of their family members are capable of carefully holding a lit candle.)
Here’s a quick preview: We plan to center the service around the following theme the Lord dealt to my heart a few weeks ago: “Why curse the darkness when you can light a candle?” Ponder those words. The following scripture relates:
Matthew 4:16 (KJV) “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.”
Almighty God has provided the light-energy initiated in the incarnation that lights our world today. It’s a soul-light that emanates from inside the reborn heart. This Light is too precious to keep to ourselves. We’ll once again experience the symbolic luminescent beauty of the way a single candle’s flame–touched off on others–can spread to light an entire dwelling space with hundreds of candle flames! This Candlelight Service is a great opportunity to bring your friends and family to yet another holiday-oriented event. Pray with us that it will be especially anointed.
I look forward to seeing you all then. In the meantime, have a very safe, merry, and blessed Christmas Eve and Christmas morning.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. D. E. Haymon II
Calvary Apostolic Church of Denver
5900 E. Yale Ave.
Denver, CO 80222