25 December 2008

The Light of Christmas

This has been a wonderful Christmas! This year has held many challenges and struggles for me and my family, yet through it all God has been so incredibly faithful as only He can be.

Last night we attended Christmas Eve communion at my parents' church (also our home church). It was so beautiful! There were several thousand there and yet it was very intimate. Each of us singing the Christmas carols of old, lighting each others' candles and sharing in the Lord's Supper.
It was a holy moment for me and my children. I shared in communion for the first time with my daughter. And watching my children's faces light up as they watched the entire sanctuary become illuminated solely by candlelight was precious.

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2He was in the beginning with God.
3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
4In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
5The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.
8He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
9There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
10He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believed in His name,
13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1: 1-14


Britt-Arnhild said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Mrs. C said...

Wow! I've never been to a candlelight service. It looks awesome!

Vince Farrell said...

It is amazing to be surrounded by so many people yet it be so personal with God.
I love you and thank God for you.

Heather and Reese said...

Beautiful! Merry Christmas, Lora.


Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

It looks like you had a wonderful service and time with the Lord. You will see the Christmases seem to get closer and closer as you get older. My vacation is over and back to work Sunday afternoon. All good things must come to an end. God is so good to us.

Betsy said...

These services are just extra special, aren't they? I don't know what it is...the darkness, the candlelight, the season..but it does seem to speak to you in a way that not every communion service does. Very touching!

God's Girl said...

Awe... looks like you had a wonderful time! Candlelight services are so special.

I just stopped in to say hello. Happy new year to you and may the Lord bless all that you do.


Rachelle said...

Nothing like a candlelight service!

Nancy said...

What a beautiful moment! I'm glad you all had a wonderful Christmas!